BJP’s internal report blames Advani, Modi, Jaitley for poll debacle

20 Aug

Advani, left, Arun JaitleyAn internal report of the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is being discussed at the party’s Chintan Baithak in Shimla, has reportedly blamed senior party leader L K Advani, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and the party’s chief election manager Arun Jaitley, besides other top leaders for the BJP’s debacle in this year’s general elections. TV channel Times Now has accessed a highly confidential internal report prepared for the Chintan Baithak or introspection meet in Shimla, in which the party outlines the reasons for the poll debacle. The BJP’s report is unsparing in its criticism of the BJP top brass, indirectly indicting L K Advani, Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley for the loss However, BJP spokesperson Arun Jaitley on Thursday denied that he or any other senior leader had ever seen or heard of such a note. The report for the first time in detail goes into the reasons for the BJP’s Lok Sabha poll debacle. The report was handed over to top leaders as they landed in Shimla on Wednesday. The report is unsparing in its criticism of the BJP top brass. Though it names no one directly, it criticizes tactics employed during the campaign that are clearly identified with certain individuals. It is quite clear that it was not just Jaswant Singh’s expulsion that made BJP top brass uncomfortable on Day 1 of the Chintan Baithak – but the scathing internal report that could have led to much finger-pointing and bitterness within party ranks. The report was prepared after open demands by Yashwant Sinha, Jaswant Singh and Arun Shourie for accountability for the so called poll- mismanagement and the rout. Primarily the report slams the internal squabble within the party and the poor performance of the poll managers for the drubbing in the elections. The report talks of key issues that backfired, it mentions how the Varun Gandhi controversy overshadowed the party’s agenda, the speculations fuelled over Modi as future PM candidate, as well as the deliberate attack on Manmohan Singh’s weak prime ministership that did not go down well with the people. source

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Posted by on August 20, 2009 in Politics


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