In 1957, mesmerised by Vajpayee’s speech in Parliament, Jawaharlal Nehru had predicted: “This young man one day will become the country’s Prime Minister.”
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was elected as a member of the 2nd Lok Sabha from Balrampur in Uttar Pradesh in 1957. It was here that he went toe-to-toe with veterans of the Congress, including Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Vajpayee also caught Nehru’s eye who saw great potential in the young Parliamentarian.
Jawaharlal Nehru and Atal Bihari Vajpayee had quite a few things in common. Both Nehru and Vajpayee were the first leader from their respective parties to become the Prime Minister of India.
A portrait of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had once gone missing from the South Block in the late 70s, but it was restored following the intervention of Atal Bihari Vajpayee who was then the foreign minister.