Indore: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday blamed the party’s leaders for the downturn in its electoral fortunes, as he flagged off a crucial meeting aimed at finding ways to rejuvenate the rank and file after two successive defeats in parliamentary elections.
“The problems in the party are not because of small workers but those to whom it has given much,” Gadkari said in his inaugural address. “They will have to think whether their political career is important or political ideology and spread of the party.”
Gadkari, whose election as party president is to be endorsed by the party’s national council on Thursday, is to spell out a revival road map for the BJP after back-to-back general election defeats in 2004 and 2009 and a series of state electoral reverses.
The names of the new central leaders of the BJP are expected to be finalised in Indore, where Wednesday’s National Executive conclave will be followed by a two-day national council meeting.