‘Kushwaha induction caused most damage’

The committees submitted their reports to state party president Surya Pratap Shahi on Wednesday.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: April 5, 2012 3:44 am

Delay in distribution of tickets,induction of tainted former BSP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha,and an apprehension among voters that the BJP may have a post-election alliance with the BSP were the key reasons for the BJP’s poor performance in the UP Assembly elections,according to the feedback collected by 27 committees from across the state.

The committees submitted their reports to state party president Surya Pratap Shahi on Wednesday. Party spokesperson Satya Dev Singh said that a committee will be set up to analyse the reports.

The reports were discussed

at a meeting of senior leaders. Party’s national vice-president Kalraj Mishra,national general secretary (organisation) Ramlal,UP in-charge Narendra Singh Tomar and former national general secretary (organisation) Sanjay Joshi were present on the occasion. Uma Bharti,who was the leading campaigner during the Assembly elections,skipped the meeting.

“The committees said that the induction of Kushwaha caused the maximum damage. Delay in declaration of candidates and unnecessary statements of party leaders were also reasons for the poor performance,” said a party leader.

“We also told the senior leaders that failure to project the party as a better alternative to the BSP government was also a factor,” said a member of the committee.

Sources said that the committee members suggested the party leadership,instead of nominating the office-bearers,should hold organisational elections.

Senior leaders asked the

workers to gear up for the upcoming local body elections. The BJP has asked its senior leaders to address meetings in the 13 cities,which have municipal corporations,on April 6,the foundation day of the party.

Mishra will address a meeting in Ghaziabad,Shahi in Aligarh and vice-president Shiv Pratap Shukla in Gorakhpur,party leader in Legislative Council Nepal Singh in Moradabad,Lucknow MP Lalji Tandon in his constituency and organisation secretary Rakesh Kumar in Kanpur.

Party leaders also asked the workers to focus on mass contact programmes ahead of the local body polls.

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