Recently, while browsing channels I stopped at News 24 or News Express. The presenter was analyzing the rise of the BJP.
She repeated – from two seats in 1984 to 85 seats in 1989….I was hoping that she would name the two BJP parliamentarians. But she did not. Perhaps she did not know. I was too lazy to check Wikipedia immediately. But I had become curious.
Every columnist, every anchor always mentions that the BJP’s tally, from two in 1984 rose to 85 in 1989. But they never name the candidates who had won.
A couple of days later, I sheepishly asked the question to the chief reporter of a leading newspaper of Kanpur. He answered very casually, “Atal Bihari Vajpayee was one of the victorious candidates.”
And who was the other candidate?
After a couple of seconds, he said, “But naturally L.K. Advani.”
And from which constituencies did they win?
“Atal Bihari from Vidisha and Advani from Gandhi Nagar.”
I was not satisfied with the answers. I decided to check.
In 1984, neither Atal Bihari Vajapayee had won from Vidisha nor L.K. Advani from Gandhi Nagar.
After searching frantically for about 15 minutes, I got the answers – Dr A.K. Patel (Mehsana, Gujarat) and Chandupatla Janga Reddy (Hanamkonda, Andhra Pradesh)