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Men who led the BJP

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Advani’s politics took a beating after his praise of Jinnah during a visit to Pakistan in June 2005 and eventually resigned at the end of that year. He was the party’s Prime Ministerial candidate in the 2009 polls, the last high point of his career. Now he’s considered the Bhishma Pitamaha of BJP — often articulating his views through his blog.
Bangaru Laxman (2000 to 2001) was the first southern leader to rise to the party’s top. He came into the limelight in 1991 when he was named the party candidate against the then Prime Minister Narasimha Rao in the Nandyal Lok Sabha bypoll in Andhra Pradesh. His descent was faster than his rise, when he made an ignominious exit after being caught on camera (right) taking bribe from a fake arms dealer in a Tehelka sting operation.
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