Sudden disappearance of the Congress responsible for the defeat of BJP in Delhi: Javadekar

PUNE: Union Minister Prakash said Friday that the sudden disappearance of the head of the BJP The defeat in the Delhi assembly polls led to a direct fight between his party and the Aam Aadmi () party. I was talking to the media outside a meeting of the District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee () held in the city on Friday.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP swept the Delhi Assembly polls by winning 62 of the total 70 seats. While the BJP won eight seats, the Congress failed to open its account for the second consecutive election. From Karnataka state polls in 2018 to the just-held Delhi election, Javadekar has a slew of losses to his name in the past two years.

“Ours is a party that keeps learning. We learn from our victories and defeats. Then there will be an analysis of the defeat at the party level, ”said Javadekar.

He further said that BJP’s defeat in Delhi elections was because of the sudden disappearance of the Congress. “It is a different subject whether the Congress disappeared on its own or people made it disappear or whether their votes got transferred to AAP,” Javadekar said when asked about the party’s stand post elections.

“Because of Congress’s disappearance, there was a direct fight between the BJP and the AAP. We had expected 42 per cent votes for us and 48 per cent for AAP, but our prediction failed by 3 per cent each. We (BJP) got 39 per cent votes, while the AAP received 51 per cent votes, ”he said.

On the defeat, he said the party makes an analysis of all these things, he added.

When asked about his comments, in which he described Kejriwal as a terrorist, he said he had never made this kind of statement.

Earlier this month, Javadekar had said that Kejriwal had called himself an anarchist and that there was not much difference between an anarchist and a terrorist.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said that hate speeches like ‘goli maro’ and ‘Indo-Pak match’ made by BJP leaders during the Delhi Assembly election campaign may have resulted in the party’s defeat. When asked about Shah’s remarks, Javadekar said his observations are important.

But there are other reasons for defeat and the review will take place, he said.