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HindustanTimes Wed,24 Sep 2014

Defeat doesn’t mean much, says Arun Jaitley
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, May 17, 2014
First Published: 13:36 IST(17/5/2014)
Last Updated: 14:31 IST(17/5/2014)
Arun Jaitley attributed his defeat to former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh. (HT Photo/File)

Arun Jaitley on Friday tried to shrug off the disappointment of his loss in Amritsar, saying it was like “a drop in the ocean” in the light of BJP’s unprecedented victory in Lok Sabha polls.

Asked about his future plans, the senior BJP leader, who is seen as a close confidant of Prime Minister apparent Narendra Modi, said he would go by whatever the party thinks right for him.

“I have no preference. If I am asked to do organisational work, I will be happiest,” he said. Asked if he was suggesting that he would not be a part of Modi Cabinet, he said, “he was not suggesting anything”.

“Nobody is thinking about this at the moment. Party takes the final call,” Jaitley said.

He attributed his loss to former Punjab chief minister and Congress leader Amarinder Singh to local factors which created an adverse situation.

“It was a challenging seat we always knew. There appeared to be some local factors which were creating an adverse (mood).... There was some local factors but we thought we might make it.”

“There is always disappointment when you don’t win. I am delighted at the BJP victory so large that my own defeat looks like a drop in the ocean. So it really doesn’t matter,” Jaitley said.


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