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His user ID was that number. It's not sequential because one of the past migrations messed up. Somehow only my account has the original user ID.
 

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Vajpayee knew how to respect the secular fundamentals of India. He kept both RSS and religious fanatics at arms length which prevented RSS from influencing policies.
Muudi on the other hand, is a home grown product of the RSS, poisoned by their ideology. He will do exactly what they say.

Anyone who wants India to be a super power knows that for a diverse country like India with numerous fault lines, you are suppose to bridge them instead of exploiting and further widening those faults. This was the main difference between Vajpayee ji and muudi.
 


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On the other hand we don't know how bajpayee and advani would have behaved if they had the same level of control over both houses with no alliance member having the power to topple the government.
 

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He also chickened out after 2002. Could have gotten rid of Modi right then but he didn't. I think Arun Shourie has talked about this. He had plans to replace him as the Gujarat CM but something happened and he decided not to. I think in the meeting he sensed that he had lost control over the party with majority of the top leadership happy with the direction they were taking.
 

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Yup, Vajpayee wanted to fire muudi, but Advani(HM) threatened with resignation if he fired him. Similarly, jaitley and other fundamentalists said it was fine with the new approach taken by BJP.
It was then he realised that things are no more in his hands.
Explained articulately in "Pradhanmantri" TV series.
 


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On the other hand we don't know how bajpayee and advani would have behaved if they had the same level of control over both houses with no alliance member having the power to topple the government.
If you have followed Sudhendra Kulkarni, he gives insights into Vajpayee's nature. I think the would have followed restraint as he was a staunch proponent of "Ram Rajya".

How his power hungry ministers and radicalists would have behaved, thereby influencing Vajpayee's behaviour would be another story.

On another note, Vajpayee wanted to resign when he was sidelined on the post-godhra-muudi-future meeting. Jaswant Singh convinced him to continue.
I don't remember if this was in mainstream media but Vajpayee was rooting for BJP's defeat in 2004, according to his sister.
 
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