The three-day conclave of BJP in Nagpur saw the revival of the Ayodhya chant that is seen as an attempt to keep the party faithful in good humour but behind the speeches was an underlying theme that there was need for unity and cohesion ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
The deliberations also saw the party making attempts to keep its allies in good humour in that the political resolution made no mention of the Ayodhya temple issue, though party President Rajnath Singh and prime ministerial candidate L K Advani talked about construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
That the saffron party is not in the pink of health was evident with leaders after leaders emphasising the need for unity and to shun factionalism which were blamed for the loss of Rajasthan and Delhi.
BJP Organising Secretary and RSS representative Ramlal Agarwal hit the nail on the head as he asked the party rank and file to be 'nirgutt, ekjutt, ekmukh' (faction-less, united and speaking in one voice). Aggarwal called on the party members to stand by the official candidate, "whoever he or she may be."
"Don't speak ill of the groom," he said suggesting that the official candidates of the party were like bridegroom and the organization need to stand by him to ensure his win.
With stakes high in the Lok Sabha polls, Advani also warned the party leaders that a "self goal" could be harmful for their political career as well.