After Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was decimated in the Delhi assembly polls, Pune BJP workers who had campaigned for the party in the capital said there was a need for introspection. “As a party, we have to now do some introspection,’’ said BJP MP and city chief Anil Shirole.
He said even as the party’s campaign drew good response, the people’s verdict favoured
“The party will continue to work for people and we will analyse our defeat,’’ said Shirole.
He accepted that the AAP humbled the national party that rules at the Centre.
When asked about the candidature of Kiran Bedi, Shirole said it was the party’s decision and did not want to comment on the
Another BJP member, who did not want to be named, said Bedi lost the Krishna Nagar seat which was the stronghold of the party since 1993. “The party should have played wisely and not fielded an outsider,’’ he said. Congratulating Kejriwal for the sweeping victory, Kothrud BJP MLA Medha Kulkarni said the actual test for the AAP will be how they perform.
“Our party members had campaigned in Delhi and now the party leaders will take a call
on what went wrong,’’ said Kulkarni.
Another senior BJP member said the disgruntlement within the party brought about the defeat. “Why will people vote for someone who was all of a sudden inducted into the party. Bedi lost as she could not connect with the voters,’’ he added.
When asked whether AAP’s victory was a referendum against Modi’s leadership, senior members chose to be cautious and refrained from commenting. While the Shiv Sena has candidly lambasted Modi for the defeat, the BJP members were disappointed with the performance.