As BJP suffered defeats in Lok Sabha and Assembly bypolls on Thursday, Union Home Minister and senior party leader Rajnath Singh said one has to take two steps backward before a big leap. The ruling party suffered setbacks in Uttar Pradesh where it lost Kairana Lok Sabha seat and Noorpur assembly, while in Maharashtra it lost Bhandara-Gondiya Lok Sabha seat.
The party was, however, able to win Palghar Lok Sabha seat from Maharashtra and Tharali assembly seat from Uttarakhand by a thin margin.
When sought reaction about the BJP’s performance in the by-elections, Rajnath Singh, in a lighter vein, said, “For a massive leap, one always has to go two steps backward.”
“We are going to take a massive leap,” the senior BJP leader said when asked about challenge it faces in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Rajnath Singh was addressing a press conference in Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal to highlight the NDA government’s achievements in the last four years.
BJP allies too suffered setbacks in the bypolls, with its long-term ally Akali Dal losing Shahkot to Congress and JD(U) losing Jokihat to the RJD. While its northeast ally NDPP was able to win lone Lok Sabha seat from Nagaland.
Speaking to the press in party headquarters in Delhi, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said the results will have no impact on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
“People of Indian know that when they will vote for the Lok Sabha polls, they will weigh the government on the parameters of performance and hardwork. PM means P for performance and M for mehnat… people of India know we have done both,” Patra said.
Our national president Amit Shah will closely analyse the factors behind the results, Patra told the reporters. He also said that even in defeat BJP managed to register a better vote share in West Bengal.