BJP on Sunday sought to distance itself from the comments made by Sudheendra Kulkarni, a key aide of senior party leader LK Advani on "disarray" in party leadership, and termed it as his "personal opinion".
BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "I would not like to comment on the article. He has a right to air his opinion."
Kulkarni had made comments in an article in 'Tehelka' magazine about "disarray" at party leadership during the election campaign, the adverse impact of Varun Gandhi's hate speech and the party and the Sangh Parivar appearing weak, helpless and not fully in command.
"Never in the history of the Jana Sangh or the BJP was the party enfeebled by so much disarray at the top. The disorder at the centre and also in several states like Rajasthan, UP and Delhi demoralised the disunited party workers down the line with disastrous results," Kulakrni has written in the magazine.
Kulkarni also had said cropping up of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's name as next-in line to L K Advani for the prime minister's post, in the middle of the campaign did not help at all.