BJP virtually concedes defeat

BJP virtually concedes defeat
PTI
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First Published: Sat, May 16 2009. 11 56 AM IST
Updated: Sat, May 16 2009. 11 56 AM IST
New Delhi: Virtually conceding defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP on Saturday said the trends were “disappointing” and not on expected lines.
“Trends are not on expected lines. It is little disappointing....We concede UPA is ahead,” BJP spokesperson Balbir Punj said as trends indicated that the UPA was racing ahead.
He said the party’s Parliamentary board will meet to analyse what went wrong.
Punj said the trends were also not expected lines in the states of West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala for Third Front.
Admitting that Congress “seems to have the upper hand”, another BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said “as of now UPA is leading. We are lagging behind.”
Asked what went wrong, Naidu said “that has to be analysed. It is disappointing, I do agree”.
Noting that UPA has a big lead over the BJP according to trends, Punj identified Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat as some of the states which did not give results on expected lines.
To a question, he said that party as a whole takes responsibility for the results. “This election results will teach us something as all elections have some lessons to give,” he said.
Asked whether the party missed former prime minister A B Vajpayee, he said, “We always miss him.”
He, however, parried questions on whether Vajpayee’s absence affected BJP’s electoral performance.
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First Published: Sat, May 16 2009. 11 56 AM IST
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