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Was Atal Bihari Vajpayee more popular in 1999 than Narendra Modi today?

Both Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi belonged to Bhartiya Janata Party and carried same ideologies of RSS. There were many similarities between them along with too many differences.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Was Atal Bihari Vajpayee more popular in 1999 than Narendra Modi today? Source : Press

There have always been comparisons between two leaders of different era's. Both Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi belonged to Bhartiya Janata Party and carried same ideologies of RSS. 


There were many similarities between them along with too many differences. Both the leaders were excellent orators. Atal Ji always spoke to people's heart whereas, PM Modi spoke to your mind.

Recalling the era of 1999-2004, in which confident Atal Bihari Vajpayee headed 16-party National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to a historic win in the 1999 general elections. 


He was an excellent diplomat to his foreign counterparts. He had an excellent diplomatic policy. He believed in the idea of being in the "centre" and also accepting both 'Leftist & Rightist' government. He had great relations with both America and Russia.

Atalji had never compromised on security issues prevailing in the country. His step during Kargil war is still remembered. He shared a wonderful relationship with Srilanka, China, Myanmar, and Bangladesh which was often considered as a security threat to India.

With the Pokharan Nuclear test, he showed the power of India to the entire globe and very subtlety warned the enemies.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the leader of people he shared his power with them. Everyone person in his cabinet had equal say on every concerned issue. He was respected by opposition parties due to his clean and secular image.

Narendra Modi on the contrary heads a government where all senior ranks are under him. He has the absolute right on every final decision without any intervention.


Remembering one incidence when current Prime Minister Narendra Modi was then the CM of Gujarat and Atal Bihari Vajpayee was Prime Minister of the country.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee asked Narendra Modi to "follow his Rajdharma"(Good governance) to which Modi said- we are doing the same thing, but with an unusual smile. This incidence showed that Atal Ji was much more concerned than Narendra Modi.

Atalji expected Modi to face the people of Gujarat during the charges raised against him during Godhra riots.

Former diplomat and Nitish Kumar's political advisor Pawan Verma once said, "The appeal of Vajpayee had a far more enduring basis than what polls may be showing for Modi at the end of a very aggressive campaign. The BJP needs a Vajpayee to enlarge its popular base both in the long and short run."


Atal Bihari Vajpayee will always remain as the Architect of Modern India.


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