The common view that emerged in the meeting of the Himachal Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) core group meet held late on Friday evening was that internal feuds and wrong distribution of tickets was the major factor that cost the party the 2012 assembly elections in the hill- state.
Saffron party's national chief Amit Shah, who presided over the meeting, questioned state leaders as to why the party was not able to repeat forming the government in the state.
“Another view was that presence of strong rebels led to party's defeat in 2012,” said a party leader and core group member on the condition of anonymity.
Shah earlier had raised the same issue while addressing the Himachal BJP's state executive meet and said the leaders needed some “soul- searching”.
“We have got repeated innings in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Why not in Himachal despite forming government four times?” he had asked.
Another leader said though the state leaders refrained from pointing fingers at each other but correlated the intense infighting that led to its defeat in 2002 and 2012 elections.
“Shah told the state leaders that central leadership will not tolerate factionalism anymore,” he said.
Shah, the BJP leader said, has asked the state unit that there should not be any individual- centric approach for 2017 elections and all should work as a team to form a government for the second and the third time.
The core-group further discussed the strategy for the Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) and Urban Local Bodies (ULB) elections slated for December end.
Shah directed the party leaders to put in all out efforts to strengthen the organisation at booth level “as PRI polls reflect upon party's penetration among general masses.”