West Bengal BJP state president offers to resign
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Last Updated: Saturday, June 04, 2011, 17:55
Lucknow: BJP's review of its performance in the recently-held Assembly elections to five states saw its West Bengal unit chief Rahul Sinha offering to resign owning "moral responsibility" for the party's defeat, but it was shot down by the top leadership.

During the discussions on BJP's dismal poll performance in all the five states -- West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry -- senior party leaders made efforts to know why their calculations went wrong.

Rahul Sinha, BJP state unit president of West Bengal, told party President Nitin Gadkari that he was owning responsibility for the party's poor showing in the state.

Gadkari, however, shot down the offer and said responsibility could not fixed on one individual and resignation was not the solution to the problem.

BJP was hopeful of winning at least one seat and getting around 50,000 votes in two other constituencies but all projections went wrong, according to party sources.

A section of the BJP has expressed its opinion in muted tones that some of the central leaders who campaigned in West Bengal and attacked TMC chief Mamata Bannerjee which harmed the party's prospects.

"Everybody knew very well that this time there was a wave in favour of Mamata. To criticise her would only have polarised the votes in her favour. It would have been better to target the Congress candidates and go all out against the Left," a senior leader said.

Senior BJP leader L K Advani had spoken against Mamata Banerjee and questioned her ability to be an effective administrator.

In Assam, BJP leaders said the party lost as the Hindus voted for the Congress in fear of Muslim votes consolidating with Badruddin Ajmal's AUDF.

This led BJP voters in the Barak valley and other party-strongholds to vote for the Congress to check the AUDF wave, they said. AUDF is now the main opposition in Assam.

The failure to tie-up with AGP before the polls was also a big drawback for the BJP as the voters felt their vote will go waste as the right-wing party had no chances of coming to power.

The BJP's performance in Tamil Nadu and Kerala was also below expectations. There was some hope of winning a seat in Kerala and making its presence felt in three other seats in the state. However, these hopes came a cropper.

The opposition party is, however, happy that the Left parties lost in West Bengal and Kerala.

It also feels that 2G spectrum issue, which the party had raised vociferously which led to former Telecom Minister A Raja's arrest, contributed to DMK's defeat in the Tamil Nadu.


First Published: Saturday, June 04, 2011, 17:55

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