A day after the results were out from Bihar, the BJP parliamentary board met at the party headquarters with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah and other top leaders in attendance to review the performance.
The party admitted that it lost because the size of the 'social arithmetic' cobbled by the grand alliance was bigger than the NDA and acknowledged that its assessment that the vote transferability among the JD(U), RJD and Congress will not happen proved 'incorrect'.
 "As far as accountability is concerned, the party collectively wins and collectively loses," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the media while briefing them on the parliament board meeting deliberations.
He was replying to a question about what action the party proposes to take towards holding someone accountable for the humiliating defeat in Bihar.  Asked if a second loss after the Delhi rout reflected on the leadership of Shah, whose tenure is coming to an end in January, Jaitley strongly defended him.
Winning and losing is part of the game, he said, pointing to the fact that after the Lok Sabha success the BJP had won four assembly elections and a string of local body polls in several states under him. "The party collectively wins and collectively loses."
Jaitley rejected suggestions that the controversial comments of Bhagwat calling for a review of reservation for OBC's cost the party dearly in the elections. 'We don't accept that,' he told a questioner when it was pointed out that some party leaders and allies have suggested that his remarks were a major reason for the defeat. "One comment cannot decide elections," he said while disagreeing with suggestions that Shah's "crackers in Pakistan" remark also damaged their prospects.

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