It started with a municipal election that nobody thought mattered. It was 1987. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the leading light of the BJP and one day he got an unusual request from a young party organization secretary in Gujarat. The young man, who had just moved to the BJP from the RSS, wanted his party leader to come and campaign for party candidates in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation election.
Vajpayee, who was then the biggest name in the BJP, flared up in anger. He was upset over being called for a mere municipal poll. But the young state secretary persisted. “This would be the first major win for us after 1984,” he pressed on. “It would be good if you would come,” he told Vajpayee.
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This article was first published on news18.com | DECEMBER 09, 2022