Indore: Former BJP president Rajnath
Singh, whose tenure witnessed a bitter infighting among
leaders especially after the 2009 Lok Sabha debacle, on Thursday
apologised for any mistakes or wrong decisions during his
"There may have been mistakes...There could have been
improper decisions and you should forgive me for the
mistakes," said Rajnath.
At the same time, he said whatever decisions were
taken by him in his capacity as party president were
comparable to King Vikramaditya, known for his just rule.
"I was also sitting on the Vikramaditya throne,"
Rajnath said, adding the aim was to take just decisions though
some improper decisions may have been taken.
As if conveying a message to those who threw a
challenge to his presidentship during his tenure, Rajnath told
party cadres, "Your respect for this chair should not
He sought to downplay the loss in the 2009 general
elections but said all was not lost for BJP as it was big
party with governments in six states.
Invoking former US President Richard Nixon`s
statement, Rajnath said, "A man is not finished when he is
defeated but he is defeated when he quits."
Rajnath expressed the hope that the next government
after the 2014 elections would be by a BJP-led coalition.