Lucknow: Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was Prime Minister of the India from 1999 to 2004 is fighting for his life at AIIMS in Delhi and the whole nation is wishing for his better health. There had been several moments and memories that people of Lucknow share with him as Atal ji was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Lucknow several times.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee won five consecutive terms in parliamentary elections from Lucknow
10th Lok Sabha 1991-96 Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Bharatiya Janata Party
11th Lok Sabha 1996-98 Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Bharatiya Janata Party
12th Lok Sabha 1998-99 Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Bharatiya Janata Party
13th Lok Sabha 1999–2004 Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Bharatiya Janata Party
14th Lok Sabha 2004-09 Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Bharatiya Janata Party
His lines “chhote mann se koi bada nahi hota, toote tan se koi khada nahi hota” define his persona. Even today Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Dinesh Sharma said that: Atal ji ham sabke margdarshak hain aur ek vichardhara hain, mai unke jald hi swasth hone ki kaamna karta hu.”
Atalji came to Lucknow in 1947
Atalji came to Lucknow from Gwalior in 1947 to complete his PHD. Although he was not successful in completing his PHD but was given the responsibility to lead as an Editor of “Rashtradharm Magazine”. Under his guidance magazine touched new heights and was successful only because he was leading that venture.
From an MP to Prime Minister
As Vajpayee’s political stature kept mounting as he rose from an MP to Prime Minister, he began addressing public meetings for mayoral candidates in Lucknow, from where he won five consecutive terms in parliamentary elections.
Atal ji campaigned for civic polls in Lucknow
When in 1995 after the 74th constitutional amendment made civic polls direct, he campaigned extensively for Dr SC Rai, the then BJP’s mayoral candidate from Lucknow. He addressed five public meetings—in Chowk, Kapoorthala Hewett Road, Munshipulia and Alambagh. Vajpayee again campaigned for Dr Rai before he was re-elected as Lucknow’s mayor in 2000. He supported Dinesh Sharma (presently deputy CM of UP) for the Mayor’s post.