Atal Bihari Vajpayee Loses Winner’s Election Due To Rumors, Read Full Story – India TV Hindi

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Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee started his political career from Balrampur parliamentary seat of undivided Gonda. He won election from Balrampur parliamentary seat in 1957 on Jana Sangh ticket. But former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee faced defeat in the 1962 Lok Sabha elections due to a rumour. In fact, rumors of looting of booths during polling in Uttaraula and the killings due to tension between the two groups created such a sensation that frightened people did not come out of their homes to cast their votes. Due to which Atal Bihari Vajpayee lost the election by 2000 votes.

The Story of 1962 Balrampur Elections.

Veteran BJP activist Shambhu Prasad Gupta recalls the incident saying that in 1957, Atal Bihari Vajpayee contested for the first time from Balrampur Lok Sabha seat. He defeated the Congress barrister Haider Hussain Rizvi and raised the flag of Bharatiya Jan Sangh. Jawaharlal Nehru understood the talents of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a powerful orator, who then became an MP. He realized that it would be difficult to defeat Atal, so he sent Subhadra Joshi to Balrampur to fight against Atal in the 1962 elections.

A day before the elections, tension broke out between two groups near Bheli stop in Kotwali Nagar area. One party killed the youth of the other party by stabbing him with a knife. There was tension in the entire Lok Sabha constituency over this issue.

People were afraid of the rumor and cult of Booth’s return.

Shambhu Prasad Gupta said that on election day, people from other parties came out to vote in smaller numbers, which benefited Congress candidate Subhadra Joshi. During the voting, a rumor also spread in the district that many booths had been captured by the Congress people in Uttaraula. There was also a rumor that the police were beating non-Congress people who came to the booth with sticks. After that, most of the people who voted in favor of Atal did not step out of their homes. Despite maintaining his popularity, Atal Bihari Vajpayee had to face defeat by 2,000 votes.

Atal’s love for Balrampur continued even after losing the election

As soon as the news of Vajpayee’s defeat came to light, the workers were left disappointed. Then Atal Bihari Vajpayee came out of the residence office and to remove the feeling of despair told the workers not to despair, I will contest again and win. After that he also won the election from there in 1967. Even after leaving the seat, his love for the people here remained.

‘Conspiracies were hatched to defeat me’

Atal Bihari Vajpayee in his autobiography Vichar Bandu says, “My defeat in the third Lok Sabha election was unexpected. I took good care of my Lok Sabha for 5 years after winning in 1957. I worked within Parliament and Effectively represented Balrampur outside.” Being a member of the opposition, Atal Bihari was highly critical of the Nehru government. As the spokesman of the Jan Sangh, he established a distinct identity for the party. Vajpayee wrote, “The opposition was worried about the growing influence of the Jan Sangh Party and plotted to defeat me.”

Atalji alleged that the Balrampur Congressmen had become aggressive after being supported by the senior Congress leadership, saying they had no shortage of resources. According to Atal Behari’s biography, “tactics were adopted to influence the elections by intimidation of the district and local officials of Delhi. In addition, appeals were made to the Brahmins to support the Congress.” Atalji said that Jan Sangh voters started being intimidated and sent home from the polling station on the day of voting. Congress aimed to prevent voting in some areas. Voters who went home out of fear did not return to the polling booth.

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