The Delhi poll debacle has led to a blame game within the BJP. While the leadership has called for introspection and review, voices of dissent are trying to blame the central leadership. Some leaders allege that their voices were not heard when they registered their objection to some decisions in the run up to the elections. A senior Delhi BJP leader said, “They should have heard us. We know Delhi better than them.”
The national leadership that used to occupy the Delhi BJP office from early morning till late evening was no where to be seen. Not even a single Union minister came to the party headquarters.
The Delhi leadership blamed the absence on the wedding of party chief Amit Shah in Gujarat.
Many believe that two of the biggest reasons why the party lost are infighting and negative campaigning by the party over the last few weeks. “Where was the need to run this negative campaign? All the advertisements were being cleared by national chief Amit Shah. The Delhi unit was not even authorised to clear any advertisement,” said a senior leader.
The decision of bringing AAP defectors to the party and giving them preference over their own cadre also did not go down well.
However, some saw positives in the loss. “Now, we will get a chance again, what if it will be after five years. Many have lost their control over seats which will open possibilities for many of us,” said a senior leader who was denied a ticket.