The BJP on Saturday accepted for the first time that chief minister BC Khanduri was removed from office in his first tenure owing to the critical reactions in the party against him.
BJP’s national spokesperson and party general secretary Arun Jaitley avoided answering questions on why Khanduri was brought back in place of Nishank barely six months before assembly elections, but said that the former’s removal was the result of a critical reaction by the party’s central leadership in Delhi.
Jaitley said that defeat in the 2009 general elections was the main cause for criticism of Khanduri, leading to his removal. Besides that, Khanduri’s first regime was also criticised by the people. “The party listens to everyone, including the people and our own leaders,” he said.
Jaitley charged that the Congress’ visionary manifesto was a divisionary document for it attempted to create fissures between different sections of society. He said that the Congress incorporated those provisions in its manifesto that were already implemented by the BJP government in the state.
When asked why his party did not bring stalwarts like Gujarat CM Narendra Modi for the election campaign here, the BJP general secretary said they would be roped in as per the need.