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FPC Briefing: India’s BJP Contemplate their Future

Article by Foreign Policy Centre

October 29, 2009

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New FPC Research Associate Chris Ogden looks into the future of India’s Hindu nationalist opposition party – the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP – Indian People’s Party)- that faces a potentially uncertain and unstable future after its 2009 election defeat. Despite remaining as India’s second largest political force, and indeed the country’s only other national party besides Congress, the BJP faces a period of repackaging for India’s electorate. Given that the BJP’s current head, LK Advani who turns 82 on Sunday 8th November, and has announced his plans to step-down, any re-branding will be underscored by a phase of internal restructuring, most prominently involving the emergence of a new leader.

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