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BJP 'chintan baithak' to discuss roadmap for party

PTI  New Delhi, August 10, 2009
First Published: 22:57 IST(10/8/2009) | Last Updated: 22:59 IST(10/8/2009)

After its second consecutive defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, BJP leaders will discuss the roadmap for the party at its 'chintan baithak' and scan reports from states on reasons behind the poll debacle.

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The party will also discuss the place of Hindutva ideology in the organisation at the three-day brainstorming meet in Shimla.

At the recent national executive held after the polls, party leaders had indicated that BJP would follow "inclusive Hindutva", leading to debates that the party may go for "ideological dilution". However, BJP has denied any such move.

"There is no ideological dilution in the party. But in the Chintan Baithak, we would discuss steps that need to be taken to check any chances of this happening," Deputy Leader of BJP in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj told PTI.

The party will discuss how its reach has been expanded to the southern states and in regions where we do not have a presence, a senior BJP MP said.

It is also likely to have a look at the "lessons learnt" in the recent past and deliberate on how to "improve the party's health" after the poll debacle.

BJP vice-president Bal Apte, who was appointed head of a three-member committee to discuss reasons for poll defeat with state units, will present reports analysing the party's performance at the hustings.


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