Senior BJP leader LK Advani has criticized the BJP, saying that the mood in the party is not upbeat and adding that the BJP needs to introspect.
In a blog posting today, Advani said “The mood within the party these days is not upbeat. The results in Uttar Pradesh, the manner in which the party welcomed BSP Ministers who were removed by Mayawati ji on charges of corruption, the party’s handling of Jharkhand and Karnataka – all these events have undermined the party’s campaign against corruption.”
The posting drew a clear reference to the BJP decision to take on Babu Singh Kushwaha at a time that he was facing corruption charges, which was an extremely controversial choice in the party.
As far as the “handling of the situation in Karnataka” reference is concerned, speculation is that he is talking about the fact that Gadkari and Arun Jaitley decided to attend a wedding celebration in the family of former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, who is under investigation on charges of corruption.
The blog post ends with the comment,
The fact that we have a sizable contingent of MPs in Parliament today as against the niggardly two seats in 1984, that our performance in the two Houses under Sushmaji and Jaitleyji has been excellent, that the party is in power in as many as nine states today is no compensation for the lapses committed.
I had said at the Core Group meeting that if people are today angry with the U.P.A. Government, they are also disappointed with us. The situation, I said, calls for introspection.