The massive victory of BJP in the recent Lok Sabha Elections 2019 once again showed that Narendra Modi and his team have been successful at winning the hearts of the majority of Indians. This huge mandate was a dream of BJP legends; Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani and all the other leaders of the party.
On one front the party is leading and reaching pinnacles of glory but sadly it is also simultaneously losing stalwarts who have solidified the very base of the party.
Loss Of Ananth Kumar & Manohar Parrikar
Ananth Kumar and Manohar Parrikar were two big members of the BJP. Ananth Kumar won Lok Sabha election six times from Bengaluru South and died at a surprisingly young age of 59 on November 12, 2018, in Bengaluru. Narendra Modi said at that time that the party has lost an able administrator and an asset.
Another big-time leader that the BJP lost recently was Manohar Parrikar who passed away in March 2019 at 63 battling cancer. Parrikar was the man behind the rise of BJP’s popularity in Goa and for a short time also served as defense minister of the country in the Modi government before returning to Goa as CM. He was the chief minister of the state when he died. He was elected as the Chief Minister of Goa for three times.
Incidentally, it was Parrikar who had proposed the name of Narendra Modi for the candidature of prime ministership from the party.
Passing Of Swaraj Is A Big Blow
The most beloved Externa Affairs minister of India, Sushma Swaraj passed away at the AIIMS on August 6, 2019. She was 67 years of age. Swaraj was a loyal BJP member who joined the party during the 1980s and was a part of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government as minister for Information and Broadcasting.
In the first term of Modi government, she served as the External Affairs minister and was extremely popular.
And Now Arun Jaitley…
The loss of Arun Jaitley has left BJP devastated as along with Sushma Swaraj he was one of the few people in the party who worked from ground level to take BJP to where it is today. Jaitley served the Indian Government as Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs from 2014 to 2019 in the Modi reign.
Arun Jaitley was a highly experienced politician who also previously held important cabinet portfolios of Defense, Finance, Commerce and Industry, Corporate Affairs, and Law and Justice.
A senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India, Jaitely just like Swaraj opted out of joining Modi Government in its second term due to health issues. The ruling party will keep on missing these experienced politicians that formed the spine of BJP.