NEW DELHI, June 3 � Admitting that his party�s poll performance in the recent Assembly polls was below expectations, BJP national president, Nitin Gadkari attributed Congress�s victory to �divided alternative�.
In his first official reaction to the recent poll debacle, the BJP national president, delivering his inaugural address at his party�s two-day national executive meeting at Lucknow this morning said that in Assam, while BJP has improved its performance in new areas, the party�s vote share has marginally gone down in its traditional bases. Also, the victory of Congress in Assam is mainly thanks to a divided alternative.
�In Tamil Nadu, Kerala and West Bengal we have marginally improved our vote share and in Assam we have maintained the same vote share,� he observed.
�The results are only an indication that we have to work even harder to make our presence felt in these States,� he said.
�I am aware that our performance in the recently concluded elections was less than our expectations. We are disappointed and we are in the process of analysing these results. We had some intrinsic limitations. And yet, I must say we fought these elections with all seriousness,� he said.
Announcing his plans, Gadkari said that he is going to visit all the five States where elections took place recently. �I will interact with party workers and listen to the office-bearers about the lessons that we have to learn from these elections,� he said.
The Lucknow session would see the party analysing its poll performance in the last Assembly polls. The party�s Central leadership seem dejected over its performance, particularly in Assam. The session is expected to see intense politicking among the leaders of Assam.
It has called for report from the State unit president, Ranjit Dutta, and asked its general secretaries in-charge for the State to be present along with its four Lok Sabha MPs from the State. Dutta, who arrived in Lucknow this afternoon later, submitted his report to the party president, said sources.
Sources said that Party�s North-east in-charge Chandrashekhar made a presentation before the national executive about the recent Assembly polls. But the Central leadership reportedly was unimpressed.
Sources said that several of the BJP leaders, who were involved with the Assam Assembly poll, wanted to speak but could not do so. They are expected to make another attempt to brief the conference on Saturday. Most of them are gunning for the heads of Ranjit Dutta and Chandrashekhar, and hold them responsible for the poor performance.
Party sources told this newspaper over telephone that informally they have briefed the Central leadership about the reasons for the poll performance.