New Delhi: Terming the poll results of five states contrary to their expectations, principal opposition BJP has admitted defeat in Assam is a setback for the party.

The Central Parliamentary Board (CPB) of BJP has analysed the election results individually in all the states. BJP, which was hopeful of bettering its performance in the northeastern state, said that the results could not favour the party as it failed to unite the opposition in state.

However, the party termed the WB and Tamil Nadu poll results as mandate to end the 34-year hegemony of CPM and to eradicate corruption and dynastic rule, respectively.

In a counter attack on Pranab Mukherjee, who had targeted BJP for making to make any impact across 800 odd assembly seats in the five states, the party said the congress should introspect about its own performance and status before assessing the position of BJP.

Accepting the Assam result as a great jolt for the party, senior party leader Arun Jaitely said this is matter of grave concern.
“The party had no presence in rest of the four states. They were struggling to make an extensive presence in the state by opening an account. Their vote percentage in these elections has increased,” he said.

Reacting to the Finance minister’s comment on the BJP’s poor showing in the five states, BJP general secretary said the congress, which lost the by polls in Andhra Pradesh, should introspect the poll results in south Indian states.

“The congress is the older party than BJP in Karnataka where they could not reach in the double digit, while in Kerala they barely managed to touch the magic figure,” he said.

Jaitely reminded the Congress that they had got mere 4 out of 243 assembly seats in Bihar in November 2010. In contrast, the BJP won 90 out of 103 seats in Bihar as an alliance partner of JD(U) while the congress could not bag even the half the seats they contested in WB.

JPN/Bureau