It’s un­fair to blame only Modi, Shah for Bi­har elec­tion de­ba­cle: Gad­kari

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Pradip Ku­mar Maitra pradip­maitra@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAG­PUR: As the noise over the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Bi­har elec­tion de­ba­cle grew louder, Union trans­port and ship­ping min­is­ter Nitin Gad­kari on Wed­nes­day said it was un­fair to blame only Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and party pres­i­dent Amit Shah for the loss.

De­fend­ing Modi and Shah, who have been tar­geted by sev­eral BJP lead­ers over the party’s poor per­for­mance in the elec­tion, Gad­kari said the BJP is a “party of work­ers” and not of a fam­ily”, and hence a win is for ev­ery­one and so is a loss.

On Tues­day night, four BJP veter­ans — LK Ad­vani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Shanta Ku­mar and Yash­want Sinha — had is­sued a joint state­ment ask­ing for ac­count­abil­ity to be fixed for the Bi­har poll de­feat. Gad­kari, who is also a for­mer BJP pres­i­dent, said he would talk to Ad­vani about the is­sue.

While rul­ing out Shah’s re­moval as party chief, Gad­kari de­manded strin­gent ac­tion against those making “ir­re­spon­si­ble” state­ments against Modi and Shah.

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