Political life of Atal jee

While in his youth, Vajpayee came in close contact with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Impressed by the patriotic fervour and the culture of selfless service in the RSS, Vajpayee joined the organisation and later became its full time volunteer.

Vajpayee also participated in India’s Freedom Struggle and went to jail in 1942. He was detained during the Emergency in 1975-77 for his role in the fight for the protection of democracy and civil liberties.

One of the first leaders of Bharatiya Jan Sangh, Vajpayee began his political career as an aide to the late Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee, founder of the party and a great nationalist leader.

He served as the President of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (1968-1973) and also as the leader of the parliamentary party wing of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (1955-1977). He played an active role in fighting the draconian rule of Emergency imposed by Mrs Indira Gandhi and was behind the bars for several months in that period. Later, he became one of the founding fathers of the Janata Party (1977-1980), which won a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections held in 1977 and formed the first non-Congress/ Opposition government at the Centre. In the same year he took over as India's External Affairs Minister in the Janata Party government led by Morarji Desai from March 24, 1977 to July 28, 1979. The credit for doing away with various imbalances in India's foreign policy could reasonably be given to him.

Later, he became the founder-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) (1980-1986) and the leader of the BJP’s parliamentary party during 1980-1984, 1986 and 1993-1996. He was the Leader of the Opposition throughout the term of the 11th Lok Sabha.