(Last Updated on : 16/04/2009)
The Bharatiya Janata party is also known as Indian People`s party. It is Hindu-political party of India. The BJP traces its roots to the Bharatiya Jana Sangh ehich advocated the rebuilding of India in accordance with Hindu culture. The BJP was formally established in 1980. It achieved its first significant electoral success in 1989, though in 1992 the destruction of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya caused a backlash against it.
In 1996 the BJP formed a short-lived government. Two years later the party and its allies formed a majority government with Atal Bihari Vajpayee as prime minister.