‘Low voter turnout, opposition’s anti-Modi unity led to BJP defeat’
A day after the BJP suffered heavy defeat in the assembly and Lok Sabha bypolls across the country, the party attributed its “no show” to the “general lack of enthusiasm voters display” during by-electionsUpdated: Jun 01, 2018 22:13 IST
A day after the BJP suffered heavy defeat in the assembly and Lok Sabha bypolls across the country, the party attributed its “no show” to the “general lack of enthusiasm voters display” during by-elections.
“The voter turnout during bypolls is very low compared to the general elections and assembly polls. This time also, the voting percentage during bypolls came down to 58% compared to 78% witnessed during the assembly and Lok Sabha polls,” said Prakash Javadekar, the union human resource development minister, while speaking to reporters at a press conference in Dehradun.
Several opposition parties joining hands with a one-point mission to remove Modi too contributed to the BJP’s poor performance in bypolls, he added.
However, the BJP takes elections results seriously, Javadekar said. “We take every election seriously and are reviewing the reasons for the losses our party suffered in the bypolls,” he said.
He was in the city as part of his ongoing countrywide tour to share with people the Narendra Modi-led BJP government’s achievements during the past four years of its rule. The exercise is aimed at publicising the Modi government’s achievements, ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won two of the four Lok Sabha bypolls.
Javadekar hit out at the opposition parties alleging that they are coming together in pursuance of their one-point ‘Modi Hatao’ or remove-Modi campaign. “The BJP and other opposition parties also came on one platform during the Emergency. But we joined hands to save democracy and hallowed institutions like the Supreme Court,” he said, without referring to the Indira Gandhi-led Congress regime that ruled the country in the 1970s. “The opposition parties are coming together this time around to remove Prime Minister Modi,” Javadekar added, questioning their motive.
“Why should a person who has left his home and family to serve the country selflessly be removed?” he asked, adding merely joining hands to realise flimsy issues won’t help the opposition parties. “Such alliances do not work,” he said .
He accused the Congress of indulging in corruption during its rule. “The BJP regime, on the other hand, has not only speeded up development in the country, but has also been carrying out governance with utmost transparency,” he said. He also blamed the Congress of blocking the passage of the Lokpal (anti-graft ombudsman) Bill in the Rajya Sabha.