HYDERABAD: The hopes of the BJP to become a “decisive force” in the State were dashed with only two of its 269 candidates making it to the Assembly and none to the Lok Sabha. It had fielded candidates in 41 of the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies.

The party’s poor show could be gauged by the fact that all the stalwarts—State president Bandaru Dattatreya, national secretary N. Indrasena Reddy, Baddam Bal Reddy, former Union Minister Ch.Vidyasagar Rao and K. Laxman—had to bite the dust. Mr. Dattatreya sought to make it to the Lok Sabha from Secunderabad constituency, while Mr.Reddy was fielded from Malkajgiri.

At many places, the party nominees could not even retain deposits, although the party had contested so many seats on its own for the first time.

It would be “status quo” for the party in the 13th Assembly too as it had only two MLAs in the previous House. G. Kishan Reddy, who won from Himayatnagar Assembly last time bagged the newly-carved out Amberpet seat in a keenly fought contest. Nizamabad Urban was the other Assembly seat bagged by the party in which State executive member Y. Lakshminarayana vanquished APCC president D.Srinivas in a “giant-killing” act. Mr. Srinivas won from that constituency in 1989, 1999 and 2004.

While its promise of granting Telangana in 100 days did not cut much ice with the voters in the region where it had put up candidates in 110 of the 119 seats, the party also failed to make inroads in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema where it drew a complete blank although it had fielded candidates in all but 15 seats in both the regions.

‘No cause for despair’

Admitting that the poor performance was a “setback” to the party, Mr. Dattatreya said that it was not a cause for despair when compared to the dismal show put up by TRS, CPI and CPI (M) in spite of forging an alliance with the Telugu Desam.

He said the Congress was largely benefited by the split in opposition votes.

BJP spokesperson T.Rajeshwar Rao said the performance was not “disappointing” because its tally did not go down compared to the last Assembly.

Mr. Dattatreya said the office-bearers and State executive would soon meet and analyse the reasons for the poor performance. District-wise review would also be undertaken before chalking out the future course of action.