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Upbeat BJP in no hurry to push for LS elections
Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 8
The BJP today credited its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, workers and senior leaders for registering a landslide victory in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and wins in Chhattisgarh and Delhi.

"There has been Modi's effect in the Assembly elections," said BJP president Rajnath Singh, who in September had pushed the name of the Gujarat Chief Minister for the top post despite resistance from senior leaders like LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj, who warned that the move might harm the party's electoral prospects in the four states.

However, despite good performance, the BJP is in no mood to press for early General Elections. Sources say the party's parliamentary board, which met today, decided to fight the General Elections on the plank of good governance in BJP-ruled states and corruption and inflation in the UPA regime.

Modi, who landed in Delhi today, too, participated in the meeting. The general consensus in the meeting was not to hasten the course of events in the run up to the next General Elections, sources said.

Though the BJP has won, the party's decreasing vote percentage is an issue, which the leadership will seriously look into to be better prepared for the General Elections. According to party leaders, the BJP winning 405 seats out of the total 589 it contested means that there is acceptance from 70 per cent of the people in the region it contested but "the party is in no hurry. We want to prepare ourselves in the next 100 days. 





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