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Bihar defeat setback, will hear seniors out, says BJP’s Ram Madhav

Ram Madhav said: “We have already started reviewing and analysing the Bihar defeat. We will continue it, including with seniors. If they feel more consultation is needed, it can be done.”

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: November 13, 2015 8:32 am
Ram Madhav, bihar election results, bihar 2015 election results, bihar polls results, bihar election, bihar polls, bihar polls results, nitish kumar, lalu prasad yadav, grand alliance, mahagathbandan, bihar, bihar news, india news, latest news Madhav, while rejecting the view that the elders had used the Bihar debacle to attack the leadership, said: “They have expressed their concerns and it is not correct to say that they used the opportunity.”

Indicating that the BJP is not likely to enter into a confrontation with its veterans who took on the leadership following the party’s humiliation in Bihar, party general secretary Ram Madhav said Thursday “if our seniors feel that there has to be an assessment, it will be considered”.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also met L K Advani Wednesday and Murli Manohar Joshi Thursday. What transpired at the meetings was not clear though a source close to Jaitley said he had only gone to invite them to his daughter’s wedding.

Ram Madhav said: “We have already started reviewing and analysing the Bihar defeat. We will continue it, including with seniors. If they feel more consultation is needed, it can be done.”

Conceding that the Bihar verdict was “a definite setback”, he said: “We will learn lessons from this experience.” The BJP and its allies won 58 seats in the 243-seat assembly, prompting several MPs from Bihar to speak out against the leadership, especially BJP president Amit Shah.

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On November 10, two days after the results, four BJP stalwarts — Margdarshak Mandal members Advani, Joshi, former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha and former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Shanta Kumar — stunned the party by issuing a statement targeting the current leadership.

Though they did not name any leader, the statement was seen as an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. The BJP elders said the party was being “forced to kow-tow to a handful” after being “emasculated” in the last year, and that its “consensual character has been destroyed”.

But Ram Madhav, while rejecting the view that the elders had used the Bihar debacle to attack the leadership, said: “They have expressed their concerns and it is not correct to say that they used the opportunity.”

BJP sources said there would be attempts by the party to “cool down tempers” and “try to soothe” feelings. A senior party leader said there may not be any action against those who have publicly criticised the leadership.

“See, the Bihar result was unexpected. Everyone felt anguished and disappointed. So if you start taking action (against those who have criticised the leadership), it will be confusing that against whom you will take action… This controversy has to die down. The best way for it is to address the concerns expressed by them,” a leader said.

Meanwhile, sources from the camp of the party elders said they will be “waiting and watching” the leadership’s response to the issues they have raised.

The four leaders, who have been excluded from the decision-making process ever since Shah took charge of the party, said the Bihar results showed that “no lesson has been learnt from the fiasco” in Delhi where the party won just three of 70 seats.

They also hit out at the BJP parliamentary board’s conclusion that the party would take collective responsibility for the defeat saying “to say that everyone is responsible for the defeat in Bihar is to ensure that no one is held responsible. It shows that those who would have appropriated credit if the party had won are bent on shrugging off responsibility for the disastrous showing in Bihar. Seeking an assessment of the Bihar outcome, they demanded that it should not be done by the very persons who managed and were responsible for the campaign in Bihar.

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  1. r
    raj5151235
    Nov 15, 2015 at 10:33 am
    17% Muslim is largest vote share of the 42 percent for the winning lalu/nitish/sonial combine. Taking Muslim vote out of the equation ... Modi actually got more votes and would have had a landslide victory with 35 % compared to 25 % to Lalu/ Nitish / sonia combine. Will the Media ever bring out this stats ...... More Biharis ( Sans Muslims ) voted for MODI. Modi can be proud of that. It was G Loss for Nitish & above company if only secular votes sans the M vote.
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    1. பாரதி
      Nov 13, 2015 at 4:06 pm
      Nitish is a very clever man. First he became CM with the help of BJP for the past 10 years. Next 5 years, he is going to be CM with the help of Lalu. And then next 5 years, he would be CM may be with the support of Ram Vilas Paswan.
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      1. Kalayata Maha
        Nov 13, 2015 at 6:19 pm
        RSS/BJP are affiliated. Is there anything in this that can be denied? Have all the veterans suddenly become duds whose points of view are stupid? If credit for the BJP wins can be given to Modi & Shah, why not the blame for the Bihar outcome? Ram Madhav and Rajnath Singh have said they will take opinions of dissenters into account. But will it bring about any change? My view no. The RSS believes it is a genuine and sole representative of all Hindus. Absolute rubbish. And the ideas they have about Hinduism are also not totally correct. BJP thinks whatever they do is beyond criticism. Absolute rubbish.
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        1. H
          Honest citizen
          Nov 13, 2015 at 7:47 am
          After sun set what is the use of surching for sun? Control or expel the loose mouths, party will regain its old shine.
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          1. C
            Common Man.
            Nov 13, 2015 at 8:49 pm
            It is very good that bjp alone had got 53 seats in the election. It is sure that bjp will be in line with nithish kumar always. If lalu or congress creates any trouble then surely bjp will give outside support to nithish kumar for running the government. With jdu 71 seats plus bjp 53 seats and a total of 124 seats together nithish can be the CM and bjp will run the government. No one can predict what will happen in bihar. BJP must be closely watching the developments I'm Bihar to push lalu and congress out of the equation in bihar which is a definite possibility.
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