BJP workers rue party decision to not form govt

The Delhi office of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wore a deserted look on Monday afternoon, soon after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal announced his party’s decision to form the government.
By Neelam Pandey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2013 11:53 PM IST

The Delhi office of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wore a deserted look on Monday afternoon, soon after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal announced his party’s decision to form the government.

While state BJP president Vijay Goel was present and reiterated the party’s stand of looking after the welfare of the people despite being in the opposition, chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan skipped the press meet that took place at 3 pm.

Despite emerging as the single largest party, the BJP failed to get a simple majority and most of the elected MLAs were told to start preparing for re-election. However, with AAP forming a government, there is confusion and disgruntlement among party workers.

“We were asked to start the entire process of campaigning once again after a hung assembly indicated the possibility of re-election. But soon after AAP’s announcement, we were expecting senior leaders would call us all for a meeting and discuss the party’s future plan. But the leaders have been quiet till now and we have no idea what our next plan of action is,” said a senior BJP leader.

A number of elected MLAs are unhappy with the fact that the party did not make any attempt to form a government. “We have simply allowed AAP and Congress to come together and rule for another five years. This coalition will continue for the entire term and the possibility of a re-election is slim,” said another BJP leader.

The central leadership, however, has asked the state unit to emphasise that everything was fine within the unit.

“On Monday, it was first decided that Vijay Goel would meet the urban development minister to discus the problems of unauthorised colonies and villages tomorrow, but later on, Harsh Vardhan’s name was also included. Both of them will meet him tomorrow. The party wants to at least give an impression of an united BJP to the public,” said another leader.

A number of senior BJP leaders claimed that in-fighting was still a big issue within the party, which needs to be addressed ahead of the Lok Sabha elections next year.

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