In more bad news for BJP, its senior leader B.C. 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 Mr. Khanduri, who was made to quit as Chief Minister of Uttarakhand after his party lost in all the five Lok Sabha seats in the State.
The former Chief Minister wrote to BJP chief Rajnath Singh and is understood to have said that the party should have gone into the reasons behind its defeat before removing him as Chief Minister.
Mr. Singh, however, declined to make any comment on the letter. “I have nothing to say on Khanduri’s letter to me,” he said in Delhi.
Mr. Khanduri said whatever was happening in the party right now “is a cause of concern.”
“Keeping in view the BJP’s record, its discipline, love for the country and people’s 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 people’s 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 Lok Sabha polls and said the party should have gone into the reasons behind its defeat before removing him.
“But this was not done,” rued Mr. Khanduri, who became the first victim after the party’s 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.
Mr. Khanduri said the atmosphere of hopelessness after the party’s 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 BJP’s Chintan Bhaithak in Shimla, Mr. Khanduri said, “it is not an issue. The issue is that before taking any action views of all concerned should be elicited.”