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Senior BJP tribal MP creates stir – ‘Projecting Advani as PM was blunder’

india Updated: May 16, 2009 18:36 IST
Ejaz Kaiser
Ejaz Kaiser
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Senior BJP tribal MP creates stir – ‘Projecting Advani as PM was blunder’

Soon after the declaration of election results in Chhattisgarh on Saturday afternoon, a senior BJP tribal leader and four times Lok Sabha member from Bastar created stir when he questioned the choice of the party to project L K Advani as Prime Ministerial candidate.

The BJP in Chhattisgarh repeated its 2004 general election performance by winning ten seats out of the 11.

Reacting to his party not performing on the expected lines, 73-year-old Baliram Kashyap after winning convincingly from Bastar constituency said that the decision to project Advani was a blunder. Perhaps, he meant the choice on PM candidate as one important reason for the failure of BJP-led NDA securing majority.

The Chhattisgarh state that faced the election again after five months gave enough indications of Raman factor still worked with the voters after the BJP retained power in November assembly election.

In the 2004 parliamentary polls, the BJP won 10 seats while the Congress bagged one.

For the opposition Congress Party here perhaps neither the Rahul nor Sonia factor worked. The Congress leaders admitted to Hindustan Times that the internal strife among leaders had again cost the party dear besides it also miserably failed to highlight the Congress led UPA government’s welfare schemes among the voters.

The BJP maintained the early lead in 10 out of the 11 Lok Sabha seats as the peaceful counting of votes were in progress and finally the saffron party won in Raipur, Bilaspur, Durg, Bastar, Kanker, Rajnandgaon, Surguja, Raigarh, Janjgir, and Mahasamund.