Shimla: On the second day of the three-day brainstorming session here, BJP discussed the reasons for the party loss in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls. As per party insiders, heated arguements among senior leaders occured on more than one occasion in the course of the day on the issue of fixing responcibility for the loss.
A report of the three member Apte committe, appointed by party chief Rajnath Singh to look into the defeat, was discussed in detail. Singh, although in the evening denied of having received any such report for discussion in today session. He is slated to two address a press briefing on Friday to elaborate the internal discussions.
Meanwhile, BJP today tried to justify the expulsion of senior party leader Jaswant Singh it also sought to differentiate between the mention of Jinnah by Singh with that of its senior leader L K Advani in 2005. Party deputed the leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley to face the media and explain the party’s point of view on the action. “The mention of Jinnah by Advani was in different context, he only referred to the speech of Jinnah in the pakistani constituent assembly where here the book tried to glorify Jinnah against the party line,” Jaitley said.
Our objection is not to writing books but it is within the pregorative of the party president and the parliamentary board to take action againhst one who goes against the party line. The mention of Sardar Patel, whom the party considers the man who united the nation, as one responcible for partition was objectionable, he added.
When asked would Jaswant Singh remain the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, as nominated by the party, Jaitleys said,”there is enough time between now and the next parliament session.”
Meanwhile, expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh today questioned the party’s contention that he had violated the party’s discipline and ideology by his views on Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Sardar Vallabhai Patel. Returning here a day after his expulsion from the party, he also contended that the ”resolution” on Jinnah in the aftermath of L K Advani’s visit to Pakistan was not a party resolution but just a statement of leaders. “I don’t know which part of the core belief that has been demolished (by his views in his book on Jinnah). Patel, what is so core about him. Patel was the first leader who banned RSS but not Muslim League and imprisoned RSS workers.Which core belief I have disturbed,” Singh shot back.
PTI contributed to the story.