New Delhi: BJP has faced the most outrageously devastating electoral defeat ever in its political history during Delhi assembly elections 2015 in February. Delhi assembly poll results took everyone by surprise and put a question mark on time-tested methods of campaigning strategies of BJP. After the humiliating defeat in assembly election, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which pitched its campaign completely around Modi’s persona and proclaimed achievements of his government, has decided to review the reasons behind the embarrassing defeat in the assembly election of 2015.
Tehelka has come to know through a senior BJP leader that for the first time any national party of India has asked the candidates, who had contested the 2015 assembly election, to submit a written reply outlining the reasons behind their defeat. The party is regularly holding meetings of mandal presidents and district presidents – those who are working at ground level – to get feedback on the defeat.
Rajiv Babbar who had lost from Tilak Nagar, under the banner of BJP while talking to Tehelka said: “I appreciate the initiative taken by the party. This will take party in right direction. In the month of March during party meeting discussion, party approached the candidates and asked members to submit a written reply outlining the reason for their defeat and related issues.”
Babbar shared the reason he thought led to the defeat of the party. “I think the reason is Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has left BJP far behind and announced its candidates months in advance to give them opportunity to undertake one to one contact programme; while BJP, on the other hand decided its candidates on almost the last day of filing nomination papers,” he stated adding: “Announcement of candidate on last stage left too little time for us to reach the voters as compared to AAP candidates – especially people who are from slum areas. AAP during the assembly elections was talking about the short term agenda and whereas BJP during the elections was talking about the long term agenda, which hit the slum voters and diverted the vote bank to AAP.”
A senior leader of BJP said: “Our mandal presidents and district presidents are working on the ground level and they are regularly holding meeting with the candidates who had contested from their areas and are visiting state party office BJP to give their feedback.” The reports will be submitted to national president.
Ramesh Bidhuri talking to Tehelka shared the reason behind the defeat of nephew and accepted that “People had set up their minds to vote for AAP.” People have already decided “in center Modi and in Delhi Arvind Kejriwal,” he stated. “The Assembly election results have made it clear that there was no wave of BJP in Delhi.” Ramesh Bidhuri, BJP, Member of Parliament from South Delhi, his nephew Vikram Bidhuri had lost from Tughalqbad under BJP.
Another BJP candidate R. P Singh who contested from Rajendar Nagar has shared the reason of his defeat and said “The promises made by AAP were liked more by the people rather than those made by BJP. AAP’s commitment of providing water and electricity to people easily won over the public. Party did its best to make it a saffron victory in Delhi but people opted to hold broom in their hands.”
BJP has divided Delhi unit into 272 mandal and 14 districts, all the local meeting in their areas will be arranged by them.
Now, will the BJP have to change its tactics in the short term regarding political choices in crisis-ridden states like Bihar and where non-BJP parties are in power? The task of BJP to secure a win in Bihar will be tougher than it had thought.