National Presidents of BJP

Here is the complete list of National Presidents of BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) from 1980 to 2020. Have a look at the table given below to know more about National Presidents of BJP in a very short time.

List of National Presidents of BJP

S. No. Tenure Name Born Died Constituency /State Awards
1 1980-1986 Atal Bihari Vajpayee 25-Dec-1924 16-Aug-2018 Madhya Pradesh Bharat Ratna (2015) Padma Vibhushan (1992)
2 1986-1991 Lal Krishna Advani 08-Nov-1927 - Gujarat Padma Vibhushan (2015)
3 1991-1993 Murli Manohar Joshi 05-Jan-1934 - Uttar Pradesh Padma Vibhushan (2017)
4 1993-1998 Lal Krishna Advani (Second Term) 08-Nov-1927 - Gujarat Padma Vibhushan (2015)
5 1998-2000 Kushabhau Thakre 15-Aug-1922 28-Dec-2003 Madhya Pradesh -
6 2000-2001 Bangaru Laxman 17-Mar-1939 01-Mar-2014 Andhra Pradesh -
7 2001-2002 Jana Krishnamurthi 24-May-1928 25-Sep-2007 Tamil Nadu -
8 2002-2004 MuppavarapuVenkaiah Naidu 01-Jul-1949 - Andhra Pradesh -
9 2004-2005 Lal Krishna Advani (Third Term) 08-Nov-1927 - Gujarat Padma Vibhushan (2015)
10 2005-2009 Rajnath Singh 10-Jul-1951 - Uttar Pradesh -
11 2009-2013 Nitin Jairam Gadkari 27-May-1957 - Maharashtra -
12 2013-2014 Rajnath Singh (Second Term) 10-Jul-1951 - Uttar Pradesh -
13 2014-2020 Amit Anilchandra Shah 22-Oct-1964 - Gujarat -
14 2020-Present Jagat Prakash Nadda 02-Dec-1960 - Himachal Pradesh -

Brief Information about National Presidents of BJP

1. Atal Bihari Vajpayee

A pro leader of Bharatiya Janata Party, born in Gwalior on 25 December 1924 to Krishna Devi (Mother) and Shaym Lal Vajpayee (Father). He completed his Master's Degree from DAV College, Kanpur where he joined Arya Samaj Sabha and influenced by Babasaheb Apte. He joined RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) at 16, and actively participated in Officer Training Camp of RSS from 1940-1944 and became a full-time Pracharak of RSS in 1947. He became President of Bharatiya Jan Sangh in 1968, and in 1977 with a coalition of various parties, they formed BJP. He became Foreign Minister when Sri Moraraji Desai was prime minister in 1977. Finally, in 1980 he became the first National President of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In May 1996, he was elected as the Prime Minister of India and served for 13 days only because he didn’t prove majority to form a government.

Again in 1998, he was elected as Prime Minister and served for 13 months only. However, he took important steps like Pokhran nuclear tests, the Lahore summit, and the Kargil War. Again, on 13th October 1999, he took oath as the Prime Minister of India and served for the full term of 5 years (1999 to 2004). Some important events took place in his third tenure such as parliament attack on 13 December 2001, Gujarat riots in 2002, etc. He is still remembered for his great political career, his unique persona, his famous speech in Parliament, for his poems; he is the inspiration for children and youth. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 2015 and Padma Vibhushan in 1992. On 16th August 2018, he left the world due to poor health condition but his legacy still continues, people remind him as a great leader.

2. Lal Krishna Advani

Shri Lal Krishna Advani, one of the Co-Founder and Senior BJP Leader, was born on 8 November 1927 to Krishnachand D. Advani (Father) & Gyani Devi (Mother). He completed his Law Degree from Bombay University. He joined RSS at 14 and became a full-time Pracharak of RSS. He solely started various Shakhas at Karachi. In 1977, he served as the Information and Broadcasting Minister. In 1982, he became a prominent leader of BJP and represented the Rajya Sabha seats of BJP from Madhya Pradesh.

In 1986, he became the national President of BJP Party and took part in the Great RathYatra. He served the Party as President for five years and in 1991, he was preceded by Shri Murali Manohar Joshi. Again in 1993, Advani became Party President that was ended up in 1998. Again in 2004, he became Party President for one year that ended up in 2005. He served as Home Minister from 1998-2004 and also as Deputy Prime Minister from 2002-2004. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2015. Under his leadership, BJP became the face for Shri Ram Janma Bhoomi campaign. During his leadership, some important events took place like Hawala System, Babri Mosque issue, and Jinnah issue. In 2004, BJP was defeated by the opponent party INC and from 2004 to 2009 Advani Ji was an active opponent leader.

3. Murali Manohar Joshi

A senior-most affluent leader of BJP, Murali Manohar Joshi, was born in Kumaoni region of Almora hills on 5th January 1934. He completed his Master's Degree and Research from Allahabad University. Before entering politics he was a teaching Faculty at Allahabad University. At a very young age, he joined RSS and worked for the Cow protection Movement from 1953-54. He was elected as Member of Parliament in 1977 and worked till 1980. In 1980, He was appointed as the General Secretary of BJP and was in charge of Bihar, Bengal, and North-Eastern states. In the 13-day BJP government, he served as the Minister of Home Affairs from 16 May 1996 to 1 June 1996.

Joshi Ji served the BJP as Party President from 1991 to 1993. When BJP regained power in 1998, he was elected and served as Minister of Human Resource and Development from 1998 to 2004. In 1999, he became Minister of Science and technology and took the command of the Ministry of Science and technology till 2004. He was a Member of Lok sabha and from Varanasi, Kanpur, Allahabad Constituencies he represented his Party. He was also awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2015.

4. Kushabhau Thakre

Kushabhau Thakre was one of the affluent politicians and Party President of BJP. He was born in Dhar, M.P. on 15 August 1922 to Dr. Sundarrao Shripatirao Thakre and Smt. ShantaBai Sundarrao Thakre. He completed his education from Dhar and Gwalior. He joined RSS as a Pracharak in the year 1942. In the year 1956, He served the Bharatiya Jan Sangh as Secretary. In the year 1980, he joined BJP as Secretary and in charge of Gujarat, Odisha, and Madhya Pradesh.

Thakre Ji was appointed as President of the Bharatiya Janata Party on 14th April 1998. He served the BJP as Party President till 2000. On 28th December 2003, Kushabhau Thakre took his last breath and died due to Kidney Disease. But, his thoughts and ideologies are still an inspiration for aspiring Political leaders. It was the uniqueness of his personality that some famous institutes and places are named after him in Raipur, Bhopal, Indore, Ahmadabad, etc.

5. Bangaru Laxman

Bangaru Laxman was Party President of BJP and was an active political leader of BJP. He was born on 17 March 1939 in Andhra Pradesh. His father was B. Narasimha and Mother B. Shivamma. He completed his Law Degree from Hyderabad. He was married to Susheela Laxman Bangaru; she was also a Political leader and member of 14th Lok Sabha. Bangaru Laxman joined RSS at the age of 12 in 1953. He became an active leader of the Jan Sangh Party in the year 1969. He was a member of the Legislative Council from 1980-85. He represented the Rajya Sabha Seats of Gujarat from 1996-2002. He served the Railway Ministry from 1999 to 2000.

In the Year 2000, he was appointed as Party President of BJP and he served the Party as president till 2001. He died on 1st March 2014 due to illness.

6. Jana Krishnamurthy

Late Shri Jana Krishnamurthi was an Indian politician and former Party President of the BJP. He was born on 24 May 1928 in Madurai in a lawyer family. He completed his Law Degree from Chennai Law College. He joined RSS in 1940. M.S. Golwalker suggested him to join RSS and thus he gave up his Law Degree and joined RSS. He became the General Secretary of BJP in 1983. In 1985 he led the BJP as the Vice President of the party. He expanded the Party in Southern State Kerala.

On 14th March 2001, he became the Party President of BJP and served the party President till 2002. He was also former Union Minister of India. He died on 25 September 2007 due to illness.