1. Now defiant, Delhi BJP hints at pinpointing blame on Narendra Modi, Amit Shah for loss to Aam Aadmi Party

Now defiant, Delhi BJP hints at pinpointing blame on Narendra Modi, Amit Shah for loss to Aam Aadmi Party

Appointment of "outsider" Kiran Bedi as the party's chief ministerial candidate just days ahead of the polls was among...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: February 14, 2015 6:24 PM
Bharatiya Janata Party, aam aadmi party, arvind kejriwal

Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Satish Upadhayay, MP Ramesh Bidhuri and R P Singh after Meeting other leaders to discuss loss in assembly elections to Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday Express photo By Prem Nath Pandey

Appointment of ‘outsider’ and Anna Hazare-led India Against Corruption campaign veteran Kiran Bedi as the party’s chief ministerial candidate just days ahead of the polls was among the reasons identified today by Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for its humiliating defeat at the hands of Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) – the decision was taken at the very top by PM Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah.

At a review meeting three days after the results were announced, senior party leaders also felt that delaying the declaration of the names of candidates and “failure” to enthuse grassroots workers had also been factors behind BJP’s poor showing in the Assembly polls.

Delhi BJP leaders analysed their poll performance at a two -hour long meeting here in which a majority of them felt that bringing in former IPS officer Bedi just three weeks before the elections was a “bad move”.

“Most leaders felt that bringing Bedi in just a few days before the poll was incorrect. If the party wanted to bring Bedi and make her fight polls, it should have done that much before the elections,” said a senior party leader who was speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Asked about Bedi’s absence from the meeting, he said that all state party office bearers had been called to the meeting and, since Bedi was not one, she had not been invited to attend it.

Bharatiya Janata Party, Bharatiya Janata Party Delhi, Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Kiran Bedi, Kiran Bedi BJP

Delhi BJP President Satish Upadhayay and MP Ramesh Bidhuri after meeting with other leaders to assess party’s loss in Delhi Assembly elections to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday. Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey

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The BJP leader also said that the party has asked all its district teams to prepare a report highlighting the reasons behind the debacle.

AAP registered a thumping victory in the just-concluded polls, winning 67 seats in the 70-member Assembly, with BJP left to pick up the remaining three seats.

“All BJP district office bearers have been asked to prepare a report on why the party failed to garner support among the people,” he said.

(A cartoon by Rohnit Phore)

Bharatiya Janata Party in Delhi is having a hard time convincing people of its relevance in the face of the drubbing by Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) . (A cartoon by Rohnit Phore)

“At the meeting, most leaders also said that people in their constituencies had told them that they wanted to give AAP a chance to fulfil its promises and that is why they had voted for the Arvind Kejriwal-led party,” he added.

AAP had described its landslide victory as a “victory of honesty” and said that the mandate was against “ignorant, offensive and negative politics”.

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  1. S
    Feb 13, 2015 at 10:53 pm
    What the Delhi local "Netas" need to introspect is the fact that the local BJP, thanks to its lacklustre "leadership" (sitting on this es and expecting Modi to wave his magic wand to get them to power) and inefficient and corrupt MCD has become hated by most of Delhi. That is the most important cause of their mive defeat in the hands of AAP. If these guys indulge in Netagiri and don't change for the better then they will be nowhere even after 5 years....
    1. Soumen Nath
      Feb 13, 2015 at 11:37 pm
      BJP grew arrogant and despised the needs of the people. They have openly set aside their poll promises and even defy them on television (the jumla episode). Delhites have conveyd the message that they want performance. Election Jumals wont work here any more.
      1. A
        Feb 13, 2015 at 9:11 pm
        I think bringing Kiran Badi was good move and BJP should give her some ignment in center, she is much better image than any toll leader of Delhi... BJP has gone negative in it's approach in Delhi... they should have just carried the positive message of development and changing of life of people for better... nothing else matter.
        1. Astro Mind
          Feb 14, 2015 at 12:40 pm
          Fk , they bloody were riding on Modi wavr now trying to malign the image of their own leader . Upadhyay and some senior BJP leaders of delhi unit are responsible for bad performance of Delhi . They created rifts among BJP workers against Kiran Bedi and so it's not only Kiran but entire BJP got a big jolt .., now these traitors of BJP should go and weight their two balls for next 5 years
          1. D
            Feb 15, 2015 at 3:03 pm
            rock star couldnt perform, might be still in illusion he is a rock star and people are blind..Should have done some thing atleast some thing minor in 8 months rather than changing dress 3 times in a day..and touring world as if he conquered some thing..fame fades when u see true nature..now that he is VERY fortunate PM (self statement) might be considering this AAP will hand over the power to BJP ..What a laugh MR FACE BOOK PM
            1. Sridhara Hiriyannaiah
              Feb 15, 2015 at 7:09 pm
              Certainly it was Modi's arrogant language in rallies, his Rs 10 Lakh suit which had major negative impact on voters. Modi and Amit used Ahmedabad's Lal darwaja street language in their rallies which the gentlemen potion of Delhi could not digest. Modi should own moral responsibility and step down and make Advani as PM. Also Amit should step down and Rajnath should again become President
              1. Saumen Sengupta
                Feb 14, 2015 at 12:14 am
                I think the question remains open as to how should the arrogant Modi and Shah duo should be made really accountable for the loss of Delhi. That question has yet to surface. Almost a thousand different excuses have since been hoisted for this unthinkable performance, but what is not clearer is how BJP rank and file would extract their price for humiliation at a national forum such as this. Should Modi-Shah pair continue to perform this way pushing a national team to a humiliating disaster?
                1. K
                  Feb 13, 2015 at 7:39 pm
                  It was antited. The basic bricks of BJP Delhi unit was totally dejected and in fact some of the cadres voted for AAP to teach a lesson to high command. That was the ground reality. In fact I was also thinking that the induction of Kiren Bedi is a master stroke by BJP. But unfortunately field workers of BJP thought other way and not only deserted but voted against. It was very much obvious that no stalwarts of Delhi BJP units were not seen actively on the field.
                  1. N
                    Feb 17, 2015 at 10:53 am
                    Both BJP (Modi) and Kiran Bedi are to blame ...BJP accepted the mandate of the people when they won so why not accept the loss as gracefully. Besides keep in mind your result was trailing the Congress way........Remember if you keep insisting that Rahul was responsible for the down fall of the Congress Party and Maken made matters worse indicating Rahul should step down then how about Modi, Amit Shah and Kiran Bedi??!!
                    1. H
                      Feb 14, 2015 at 6:27 pm
                      Autowallas and poor did not want a rtd Police officers to be their Cm, as they hate police, is also one reason.
                      1. Nalayak Narendra
                        Feb 13, 2015 at 11:27 pm
                        AAP IS BORN OUT OF RAMPANT CORRUPTION OF BJP AND CONGRESS -------- AAP is the creation of rampant corruption and misrule of BJP and Congress at Center and in States in 68 YEARS. Indian people have seen it all......... Khule Aam corruption, installing stupid children in power, arrogantly keeping convicted ministers in government and politicians in party, staying in power for 20, 30, 40, 50 years, creating communal violence, covering up crimes and nation looting while enriching self and families, looting Indian treasury and Indian people......... Indian people are tired of the sins of BJP and Congress. Putting lipstick on your candidate and party will not work this time. Indian voters are watching everything carefully. They are going to teach BJP and Congress lessons that they will never forget......... Shameless BJP and Congress chaumachas, find real jobs quickly.
                        1. J
                          Feb 16, 2015 at 2:38 pm
                          Corrigendum: "MR FAKE BOOK PM"
                          1. D
                            Feb 14, 2015 at 10:43 pm
                            Its rubbish....all matters caused..delaying embly election...which gave enough time to App their make their strategy...and door to door campaign.sudden decisions...no cordination within lesdership and state unit....dilhi bjp leaders only busy in front media instead of doing ground work and door to door campaign....lastly they all r hurry in making negative campaign....controversial comments of sakhi..sadvi...and mum of PM over attacks..modi..Obama show ofs all helped their defeat....when kejariwal made aligation against satish upadya y he so hesited to agitatate in front of kejariwals house..and threat kejariwal prove it otherwisei will suicide myself......that would b ambaraceble movement for kejariwal....
                            1. Tapas Nag
                              Feb 14, 2015 at 1:18 pm
                              No individual can be above the party, Individual charishma can help to certain extent only but unless there is fair and perfect action plan within the party there will be no positive result
                              1. V
                                V Dhanapalan
                                Feb 14, 2015 at 6:57 am
                                I think so, that Delhi people want modi and shah should go to Gujrat. Poor want corruption free govt. to save from harrat by authorities , mid group want to loot to meat their needs and higher group want to loot to remain untouchable from other groups. Known delhi in general for corruption, tax evation and enjo capital benefits for 60 years plus.
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