Stunned by the rout in Delhi, the BJP looked inward Tuesday, asking for the first time why Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah failed to gauge the mood and effect a course-correction. At least two BJP leaders said pressure will now mount not to leave all decision-making to only the Modi-Shah combination.
Still coming to terms with the extent of the defeat, a top BJP leader called the drubbing the “defeat of politics of arrogance” because “when it happens, the loss is horrific and humiliating”.
Another BJP leader acknowledged that “something’s brewing” and there can be a spillover if results in Bihar don’t exactly go the party way in the assembly polls later this year.
While underlining that the Delhi results will have “no direct impact” on the Bihar polls, one of the leaders said: “It’s a great fall by all means. If we do not recover and put things back in order, it will have great consequence.”
According to the leader, Shah will be under pressure to factor different views and opinion before constituting the BJP national executive and filling vacancies in the team of national office-bearers.
“If decisions are unilateral and without discussion, questions will be raised… the election in Delhi has ensured that,” the leader said.
There is also a view in the BJP that the “aggressive campaigns” by RSS affiliates on ‘ghar wapasi’ and ‘love jihad’ adversely impacted party prospects.
“The vote the BJP got in 2014 was for change and development. These campaigns, which were being conducted during UPA role quietly, suddenly became very visible, very vocal. This disappointed the voters,” a party leader said.
“The immediate consequence (of the Delhi defeat) will be felt in Parliament. The Opposition will be more vocal in both houses. Those obstructing the legislative agenda will get emboldened,” the leader said, referring to the Budget session later this month.