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BJP to do post-mortem on U.P. poll

Thursday 5 July 2007, by VYAS*Neena

New Delhi: A detailed discussion of what went wrong for the Bharatiya Janata Party in the recent Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections is expected to take place here in the next 4-7 days.

All six zonal general secretaries (‘sangathan mantris’) will present their reports and examine the reasons for the debacle: district by district, constituency by constituency.

Kalyan Singh, who was projected as the Chief Minister and was in charge of political affairs in the State; Arun Jaitley, who has now been given that responsibility, and State president Kesri Nath Tripathi are expected to attend.

Direct attack

At the recent executive committee meeting, senior leader L.K. Advani asked a number of questions that were seen as a direct attack on party president Rajnath Singh. The text of his speech was circulated to the press and put on the party web site, though normally interventions made by leaders at the executive are not released to the press.

It is pointed out that over the last few years Mr. Kalyan Singh was allowed to return to the party though he had used abusive language against the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Mr. Tripathi was allowed to take up the position of Speaker although the Samajwadi Party was in power, and Lalji Tandon was allowed to continue as the legislature party leader despite the deaths of some 40 women in a stampede, just before the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, at a function where the BJP distributed saris. An impression was created that the BJP had a cosy relationship with the SP. That was one of the main reasons why the BJP could not succeed in presenting itself as the best alternative to the SP, party leaders have said.

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