BJP top brass blamed for Uttar Pradesh loss
The 3-8 drubbing the BJP received at the hands of the Samajwadi Party in the UP bypolls exposed weak links in the saffron party’s armour. The infighting is out in the open as losing party candidates are busy preparing reports against party leaders and MPs, whom they blame for their defeat.india Updated: Sep 18, 2014 00:26 IST
The 3-8 drubbing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) received at the hands of the Samajwadi Party (SP) in the UP bypolls exposed weak links in the saffron party’s armour. The infighting is out in the open as losing party candidates are busy preparing reports against party leaders and MPs, whom they blame for their defeat.
Nearly all the eight losing candidates plan to approach the party high command against the alleged ‘conspiracies’ which resulted in their loss. Ram Kumar Verma, the BJP candidate from Nighasan assembly segment lashed out at his own party MP Ajay Mishra ‘Taini’ accusing him for his loss. “I think action should be initiated against him as I have been a victim of internal conspiracy,” Verma told HT.
Several MPs are now being accused of not helping the party candidates after the party didn’t agree to their choice of candidates, which sources said, mostly included “family members or close ones.’
“It’s true that many party MPs who won on Modi wave from UP and who were disappointed at their close ones not being given tickets in the assembly seats vacated by them didn’t campaign for the party nominees,” a BJP leader admitted.
“We concede defeat. We would introspect and analyse the reasons for it,” said UP BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpai who along with BJP MP Yogi Adityanath was among the star campaigners for the bypolls.
Adityanath, whose ‘love jihad’ pitch in the campaign was criticised, said that he wasn’t involved in planning and strategy. “At several places I wasn’t allowed to campaign. Had I campaigned freely the party surely would have done better,” he said.
Another view is that since top leaders like PM Narendra Modi, home minister Rajnath Sijngh, BJP chief Amit Shah — all of whom had actively campaigned in the Lok Sabha — stayed away from campaign, the party failed to get its act together.
“This was a by-poll that was fought on local issues. The loss was not a referendum on Modi. It was fought on local issues and hence the local leadership was responsible for it,” Union minister Uma Bharti said.