Khanduri backs Jaswant, says proper analysis was not done

Written by Press Trust of India | Dehradun | Updated: Aug 28 2009, 03:45am hrs
Former Uttrakhand chief minister and senior leader BC Khanduri on Wednesday described as unfortunate the developments in the party and said taking action before making a proper analysis was not done.

Whatever is happening in BJP is unfortunate, said Khanduri, who was made to quit chiefministership after his party lost all the five Lok Sabha seats in the state.

The former CM wrote to party president Rajnath Singh and is understood to have said that the party should have gone into the reasons behind its defeat before removing him as CM. Singh, however, declined to make any comment on the letter. I have nothing to say on Khanduris letter to me, he said in Delhi.

Khanduri said whatever was happening in the party right now is a cause of concern.

Keeping in view the BJPs record, its discipline, love for the country and peoples faith in the party, whatever is happening right now is a cause of concern.

I pray to God that the party regains its past glory and peoples faith be restored like in the past, he said. The senior BJP leader had on Tuesday dubbed as unusual and uncalled for the hue and cry in BJP over its poor performance in the general elections and said the party should have gone into the reasons behind its defeat before removing him.

But this was not done, rued Khanduri, who became the first victim after the partys dismal performance in the general elections. He also said the party should have reviewed its electoral performance with a cool mind and whatever action it had to take, it should have taken after proper analysis. Khanduri said the atmosphere of hopelessness after the partys poor performance in Lok Sabha polls was uncalled for.

It is not that the party has been ruined. It has secured 116 seats in the Lok Sabha this time. The position of Congress in 1996 was worse, he said.

Asked why he was not invited for the BJPs chintan bhaithak in Shimla, Khanduri said, it is not an issue. The issue is that before taking any action views of all concerned should be elicited.