New Delhi: BJP’s Delhi unit on Friday held a series of meetings to review the party’s debacle in the recent Assembly elections.
The meetings were attended by Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari, national general secretaries Arun Singh and Anil Jain, and state unit general secretary (organisation) Siddharthan. The Union minister for state, Nityanand Rai, was also present in the meeting in the evening.
The attendees of these review meetings pointed out that the inactiveness of municipal councilors, local organisation, and failure of leadership to counter AAP’s government freebies are key reasons apart from many others for their defeat.
A party insider said: “Leaders in these review meet strongly complained about the inactiveness of BJP councillors and claimed that majority acted against party candidates. Some said that ground workers and office-bearers at block level were least interested in ensuring victory of BJP candidates.”
Some leaders and workers also questioned about the membership drive held last year, in which the party claimed that nearly 18 lakh new members were enrolled in the party. Few pointed out that all the data of membership drive were fudged and that the in-charge of these membership drives must be questioned about missing members.
Some pointed out that controversial statements by Union ministers and MPs also worked against the party. Few felt that youths, especially college students, voted against the party to vent out their anger in the recent violence in campuses.
Some leaders told the state leadership that the presence of too many senior leaders, Union ministers, and MPs also did not benefit as all the resources and time of candidates were wasted in making arrangements for these leaders instead of campaigning. Some complained late announcement of names of candidates.
“It was noted that not only were names of candidates announced late giving them a very short period of campaigning, their door-to-door visits were hampered by a large number of start campaigners holding large number of meetings during the limited days available for it,” said a party leader.