India, Aug. 24 -- When Arun Jaitley, then 56, took over as the leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament, in 2009, the morale of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was at an all-time low.

The BJP had just been defeated by the Congress for the second time in a row, and many leaders in his party were yet to come to terms with the fact that they could not trounce a government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whom they perceived as being weak. The prime ministerial ambition of BJP's LK Advani had crashed.

The BJP decided to bring about a generational change in the party that saw it choosing Jaitley over Jaswant Singh as the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Sushma Swaraj as the Leader of Opposition...