Bihar Assembly Elections 2015

BJP’s ‘big three’ to blame: Shourie

Former Union Minister Arun Shourie on Sunday said Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley should be held accountable for the BJP’s defeat in the Bihar Assembly elections and predicted that the “silent non-cooperation movement” in the party against the leadership would now deepen.

He said a “Modi-centric” campaign “lacked credibility” because of the unkept promises of the past and blamed the BJP’s “divisive tactics” for the drubbing.

Mr. Shourie, a Minister in the Vajpayee government, who is no longer with the party, accused Mr. Shah and Mr. Jaitley of “fomenting” a coalition against Mr. Modi by forcing the other Opposition parties, which command over 69 per cent of vote, to get into an alliance.

He said the BJP came to power at the height of Mr. Modi’s popularity with merely 31 per cent vote.

“It is Modi, the master strategist (Shah) and Jaitley,” he told PTI when asked who should be held responsible for the defeat. “There is no fourth person in the party or the government.”

‘Campaign lacked punch’

Asked what went wrong with the party’s Bihar campaign, the former Union Minister said, “Everything.”

Elaborating his comments, he said: “A Modi-centric campaign, a divisive campaign and the campaign lacked credibility as promises of the past have not been kept.”


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