Left to face the media alone, Delhi party chief Satish Upadhyay put up a brave front. Accepting that there must have been mistakes on part of party, Upadhyay said a review and analysis will be done to see what went wrong. He added that national leaders are not to be blamed as they were just assisting the Delhi unit and took the blame for the poll debacle himself.
When asked if he thinks that pitting Kiran Bedi as CM candidate was a mistake, Upadhyay said, “I do not want to comment. That could be one of the reasons when we sit down to analyse where we went wrong but for now, you may list 20 things and I won’t deny any of it.
Our thought process tells us we went wrong in many things… We did not get the mood of the people.”
Asked whether the Delhi mandate could be seen as referendum on Modi, Upadhyay replied in negative. “This is not an anti-Modi vote. This election was for governance… These questions are viable. But we are not escaping these questions. We should not forget that Lok Sabha elections were a few months back and Modiji got a mandate that cannot be neglected,” he said.
“The kind of results we have seen today, we believe that Delhi voters have given a clear mandate to AAP. The BJP respects this mandate. The BJP has always been for a positive agenda. I take moral responsibility of the results being the Delhi unit chief. We will deliberate on our mistakes. But I want to tell the Delhi voters that we are all for Delhi’s welfare,” he said.
Asked if he will tender his resignation, Upadhyay said that he takes the moral responsibility and his resignation will depend on organisation’s direction.