Annihilated, BJP tries to protect Narendra Modi

The BJP had denied the post to the Congress in the Lok Sabha, which could not win 10 percent of the total strength of the lower house.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: February 10, 2015 3:42:21 pm
Narendra Modi, Delhi polls, BJP, The trends at 1020 show that the BJP is not winning 7 seats, what it requires to claim the post of leader of opposition, in the 70-member state assembly. (Source: PTI photo)

Decimated in Delhi polls, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday put up a brave face and distanced Prime Minister Narendra Modi from it.

“We have lost Delhi due to different reasons. Different regions have different issues. We are not disappointed, we will have to focus on the upcoming elections. We will definitely win Bihar and West Bengal,” senior party leader Shahnawas Hussain said.

The trends at 1020 show that the BJP is not winning 7 seats, what it requires to claim the post of leader of opposition, in the 70-member state assembly. The BJP had denied the post to the Congress in the Lok Sabha, which could not win 10 percent of the total strength of the lower house.

“In this election it was a referendum on Arvind Kejriwal. That’s how people of Delhi saw it. I think people have certainly voted for Kejriwal. It was a referendum of AAP’s 49 days in office and its performance. People felt they should be given a chance,”BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao said when asked whether the elections were a referendum on Modi’s performance.

Shocked over the kind of debacle it has to face in Delhi, the BJP leaders are now scrambling to find reasons. While a section of leaders tried to blame the state unit leaders, another section claim the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) which played a crucial role in the Lok Sabha election victory, was not very active. Some others say the central leadership’s decision to “impose” Kiran Bedi’s leadership over the state unit has gone wrong.

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