Karnataka defeat won’t hit BJP in LS polls: Nirmala

The BJP leader claimed that the Karnataka poll results definitely disappointed the party but not demoralised it, there was a need to do introspection and set the house in order.

Published: 18th May 2013 08:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th May 2013 10:26 AM   |  A+A-


The Karnataka Assembly election results will not have much impact on the party’s prospects in the 2014 general election, BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitaraman has said.

Speaking to Express on Friday, she said that usually any election result before the general election would have some impact on the poll but in case of Karnataka poll results it was entirely different as six or seven other states were also going to polls this year and the impact of Karnataka results would be minimum.

“Moreover, Assembly elections are fought on local issues whereas parliamentary elections are fought on national issues. Thus, there is very little chance of Assembly poll results affecting the party’s prospects in the general election,’’ she said.

The BJP leader claimed that the Karnataka poll results definitely disappointed the party but not demoralised it. There was a need to do introspection and set the house in order, she admitted.

Commenting on the possibility of early Lok Sabha elections, Sitaraman said the Congress had the habit of sticking to power till the last moment and going by the DNA of that party there was very less possibility of early elections. “There is an anti-Congress and anti-UPA wave sweeping the country and people are looking at the BJP as an alternative. The BJP has chances of forming the next government at the Centre more than any other party,” she claimed.

On speculation that many of its alliance partners were planning to break away from the BJP, she said only two groups, one led by the BJP and the other by the Congress,  could form government at the Centre and it was up to the parties to choose which group they wanted to join. While there was talk of NDA partners leaving the BJP, there was none about partners who left the UPA, she said.

About Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi being projected as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, she said a decision would be taken after broad consultations.

Describing Manmohan Singh as a weak prime minister, Sitaraman said what was worrisome was the way the prime minister was covering up corruption.

The way the coal block allotment scam was being handled and the involvement of the PMO and the law minister in tampering with the CBI report clearly indicated the prime minister’s role in the  episode, she alleged.

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