New Delhi: Facing defeat in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP is just one seat behind the Congress in Uttarakhand and will make all effort to retain its power in the state by forging a coalition.

Shaken by the dismal performance in UP, the defeat of Uttarakhand Chief Minister BC Khanduri from Kotdwar seat came as a severe jolt to the BJP.
However, it is confident of forming government in Goa.

With a hung assembly in Uttarakhand, the Central Parliamentary Board of the BJP has decided to search for possibilities to regain power in the state. Taking steps in this direction, the party high command has made national president Rajnath Singh and general secretary Anant Kumar as the observers in Uttarakhand before it could embark on a bold gambit. The BJP has interacted with the three Independent candidates and Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (UKD) in this regard.

Rolling victory in Punjab and Goa, one of the senior party leaders will visit both the states on Wednesday to take stock of the situation. In Punjab the BJP stalwart and the leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley along with senior party member Ramlal will take part in the deliberations of forming the new government, whereas in Goa Ravishanker Prasad and Venkaiah will go as observers. In Goa the party has already declared Manohar Parrikar as the Chief Minister.

BJP President Nitin Gadkari accepted that the results in UP was not upto their expectations and there was a need to introspect.

"In Uttar Pradesh, the results have not been upto our expectations. There was a polarisation of votes between two parties. The people were against Mayawati and so chose Samajwadi Party as the alternative," Gadkari said.

He reasoned that since there was resentment against BSP rule and the electorate wanted to choose a party which was in a position to get the majority, the voters felt their vote would go waste if they voted for any other party other than the SP. He said the party does not hold anybody responsible for its performance in UP.

JPN/Bureau