BJP’s lotus will bloom again in Rajasthan: Parnami
Despite the Bharatiya Janata Party’s rout in the three by-polls in Rajasthan, state party chief Ashok Parnami on Thursday put up a brave face, saying the party will fix shortcomings and win the confidence of the people againUpdated: Feb 01, 2018 23:40 IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Despite the Bharatiya Janata Party’s rout in the three by-polls in Rajasthan, state party chief Ashok Parnami on Thursday put up a brave face, saying the party will fix shortcomings and win the confidence of the people again.
The results came as an embarrassment for the ruling party. Its candidates--Jaswant Yadav from Alwar, Ramswaroop Lamba from Ajmer and Shakti Singh Hada from Mandalgarh--were roundly defeated by the Congress.
Addressing a news conference, Parnami said: “We respect the people’s mandate. We have our government in the state and at the centre. In the last four years, we have done a lot more development works than the previous Congress government.”
He, however, had little to say on the party’s defeat except offer platitudes. “We will analyse the causes of the defeat and remove any shortcomings,” he said.
“We will once again win the confidence of the people and we will once again form a BJP government in Rajasthan in 2018 and at the Centre in 2019.”
He then went on to extol the Union Budget, saying the budget presented by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley will take the country on the path of development.
Replying to reporters, Parnami said the Congress should not be too happy over the election results.
“The Congress had 153 seats and was reduced to 21 in the last elections. BJP koi chui mui ka ped nahi hai ki ungli dikha doge to murjha jayegi. (The BJP is not a touch-me-not plant that it will wilt if you touch it). You should not forget that six months back we won the Dholpur by-poll by a strong margin.”
He claimed that the BJP will win the 2018 assembly polls.
“We are sure the BJP’s lotus will once again bloom in Rajasthan because we have taken the state forward on basis of development work.
“We will do a detailed analysis of the loss and will fix the deficiencies and win confidence of the people once again.”
The BJP has 160 legislators in the 200-member assembly and won all the 25 Lok Sabha seats. The party has consistently claimed that it would win the by-polls by a huge mandate on the back of its development work.
As the by-poll results came in, the party office in Jaipur wore a deserted look with a few grim-faced workers sitting in the media room and watching the live telecast of the results.
As the margin of defeat for the BJP widened, the workers became more and more dejected.
First Published: Feb 01, 2018 23:39 IST