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BJP to evolve strategy to gain lost ground in state elections

Tuesday 22 June 2004

With Gujarat apparently out of its way but the Lok Sabha debacle hanging heavily over it, the BJP National Executive meeting beginning here tomorrow is expected to focus on corrective measures to overcome shortcomings and draw up strategy for the forthcoming Assembly polls in some states including Maharashtra.


Tomorrow the national office bearers of the party will meet and go over the agenda for the Executive which will meet on June 22 and 23.

After the furore caused by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s remarks on Gujarat violence and Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the party leadership got together and met in the Parliamentary Board yesterday and discussed the Gujarat issue.

The PB meeting decided not to disturb Modi "at this juncture" but still it was not clear whether the issue of Gujarat violence and Modi’s continuance would not come up at the Executive meeting.

Party General Secretary Pramod Mahajan told reporters today that Modi’s removal would not be discussed in the deliberations here.

"The Gujarat issue is over. We have discussed it in yesterday’s Parliamentary Board meeting and the party President has said that the matter was over as of now. Whatever was decided at the meeting had the full consent of Vajpayee", he said. "Aagami Disha" (the future roadmap) of the party will be chalked out at the National Executive after going through the reports of state unit chiefs detailing the reasons behind the recent electoral reverses suffered by the BJP, party sources said but ruled out any discussion on the contentious issue of change in the Gujarat leadership.

The party, learning lessons from its "unexpected" losses in the general elections has decided to move forward leaving behind the past and the agenda for the "moving forward" process has been set by BJP Parliamentary Board meeting.

The National Executive agenda would include the present political situation, the work and activities of the new Congress-led coalition Government and is expected to pass resolutions on each.

To carry out an indepth study of the election results, the National Executive would also announce the composition of a small committee which would go through the state unit reports and suggest recommendations for corrections in the party strategy latest by July.

Based on the recommendation of the Committee and the outcome of the deliberations at the national executive, the BJP would do a "chintan baithak" (churning session) to fine tune the strategy for carrying forward the party.


in Outlook India, Tuesday, June 22, 2004.

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