After losing three states, Amit Shah meets leaders to review setback
PM Modi, Amit Shah are likely to speak to senior leaders, get feedback; RSS leaders to offer inputs.Updated: Dec 13, 2018, 15:58 IST
After Tuesday’s electoral setbacks, it is time for introspection in the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP).
Party president Amit Shah went into a huddle with senior leaders on Thursday to discuss the reasons behind the defeats the party faced in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh annd Rajasthan, and to lift the morale ahead of the 2019 general elections, according to senior leaders familiar with the matter.
In the morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the BJP MPs at the weekly parliamentary party meeting in the Parliament complex. The BJP is also expected to hold a meeting of its national council in the Capital in the second week of January, when 2,000 party leaders from across the country will assemble to discuss the national elections.
“The meetings were decided before the results of the assembly elections came in,” said a BJP office-bearer who asked not to be named. But, he added, the outcome of the assembly elections in the five states — particularly the three in the Hindi heartland that were under the BJP’s rule — will feature in the discussions as the party prepares for Modi’s re-election bid.
The BJP functionaries said that the party’s national office bearers, state unit presidents, in-charges of the different states and some others invitees attended the meeting called by Shah in New Delhi to take stock of the preparedness for the Lok Sabha polls expected in April-May.
A second office-bearer said the results have exposed the limitation of BJP’s organisation in states where it is in power.
“We ruled Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the last 15 years, but addressing farm distress, creating more jobs, and dealing with a more aggressive Congress are big challenges confronting the party,” he said.
Sidharth Mishra, president of the Center for Reforms, Development and Justice said “ The Tuesday results have shown that success, or defeat, of any party in an election does not depend on how a party is organisationally prepared. There are other critical issues that the BJP needs to address. Such a meeting can be an occasion for Amit Shah to do some honest introspection. Or else such an exercise will be futile,” he said.
The Congress dismissed the BJP’s plan of action. “It is not a case of organisational failure but a policy failure...governance is not just governing but like a good doctor, you need to feel the pulse of the people. You cannot substitute it with propaganda,” said Congress leader Tom Vadakkan.