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Modi, Advani, Jaitely held responsible for BJP poll debacle

india Updated: Aug 25, 2009 15:24 IST
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An internal report of the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is being discussed at the party's Chintan Baithak in Shimla, has reportedly blamed senior party leader L K Advani, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and the party's chief election manager Arun Jaitley, besides other top leaders for the BJP's debacle in this year's general elections.

According to the a TV channel, there was a perceived lack of unity among the party leadership and the BJP squarely failed to advertise its agenda among the general public.

The report also says the projection of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate by certain members of the party and the personal attack on the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh (which did not go down well with the people), were key factors in contributing to the BJP's electoral loss.

According to media reports, the other factors responsible were (1) The highlighting of the Varun Gandhi issue, which pushed aside the other main issues; (2) The party failed to assess the public mood in Haryana and conceded a virtual walover to the Congress; (3) Elections were lost in Delhi even before campaigning began; (4) the BJP failed to corner the Congress on 26/11 and (5) Allowing the Congress and the media to corner the BJP on the Kandahar hijack issue.

According to a media report, the internal report apparently targets issues and not individuals.

(With Agencies input)