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Bharatiya Janata Party, India

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Bharatiya Janata Party

[Flag of BJP] by Roman Kogovsek, 6 July 2005

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About the flag

I saw the BJP flag on TV today and there is a small depiction at I have not observed these parties too closely but I know that the symbol is usually a simple monochrome pictorial device on the ballot paper for the benefit of illiterate voters.
António Martins, 11 May 1999

Note: flag is usually represented in a 2:3 ratio.
Jaume Ollé, 23 May 1999

[Symbol of BJP] from the site. The symbol appears to be called Kamal Darshan (see ALT tag at While they could have called it just kamal, meaning lotus, they have chosen a grandiose phrase, which loosely translates as lotus worship.

Ash Nallawalla, 23 February 1998



As amended by the National council at Gandhi Nagar (Gujarat) on 4th May, 1998


Article I :

NAME : The name of the Party shall be "Bharatiya Janata Party" (hereinafter referred to as "The Party").

Article V :

Flag: The Flag of the Party shall comprise of two vertical colours- saffron and green, in the ratio of 2:1 with the election symbol of the Party in blue colour in the middle of the saffron portion equal to half of its size. The green portion will be near the mast.

[My comment: I infer from this and the illustration that the total ratio of the flag is 1:3]

Article VI :

Election symbol : The election symbol of the Party shall be "Lotus."
Ivan Sache, 26 January 1999

Saffronizing the flag

There was recently an important debate, at least internal to the party, on the possible "saffronizing" of the flag of the Hindu party BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party). Up to now, the flag has a green stripe along the hoist, as prescribed by the party constitution and rules. On 9 April 2006, "The Times of India" reported that a journal of the RSS [the ultra-Hinduist organization allied to the BJP] had said: "BJP president Rajnath Singh is seriously contemplating changing the party's flag to completely saffron."
"Party sources agree that the BJP chief has been contemplating the idea, which appears like a suggestion for action from RSS, and feels the proposal could be acceptable within the party. The flag issue would have to be taken up by the national council for a decision, said party sources, adding that some other changes may also be thought of to "refurbish" the party's image. Obviously, the change in the party flag will have deeper ramifications in terms of its orientation.
The article leaves no doubt about the political and ideological orientation that such a change will entail as it states that "moreover, this colour has been under attack by the UPA's leaders [UPA is the government coalition ruled by the Congress Party, which unexpectedly defeated BJP] and saffronization as a word itself was turned into an abusive, unwanted object through their hate attacks. To have a complete saffron colour would be a fitting answer to Congress-Left appeasement policies and their anti-Hindutva drive."

On 10 April, "The Times of India" reported that senior BJP leader L K Advani had denied any move to drop green colour from the party's flag and make it "totally saffron", saying the issue has not been discussed in the party. Asked about BJP President Rajnath Singh's reported comments in this regard, he said "I have spoken to him and he told me 'I have never said it'."

On 11 April, the Chennai Online News Service reported that BJP chief Rajnath Singhhad said some of his party leaders had proposed a change in the colour of the party flag to full saffron. "Some senior party leaders have given me the idea but so far there has been no decision on carrying out changes in the present flag," he told reporters.

I have not found anything more recent on this question, so we can consider that the BJP flag has not been saffronized yet.

Ivan Sache, 19 April 2006

According to "The Financial Express", 19 April 2006, BJP President Rajnath Singh ruled out changing the colour of the party flag. “The suggestion was discussed in detail at the party forum and was rejected,” he said in Bhadohi.
Ivan Sache, 21 April 2006

Accordind to the "Herald" (Goa), 2 May 2006, "the new Bharatiya Janshakti Party has also unequivocally made its saffron agenda crystal clear by adopting a saffron flag and the Aryan symbol of the rising sun."
Ivan Sache, 3 May 2006