Shimla, Aug 21: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh on Friday, Aug 21, said he took responsibility for the defeat of the party in Lok Sabha elections 2009.
Speaking at the press conference at the concluding day of BJP's Chintan Baitak, Rajnath Singh said, "If someone is to be held accountable, I take responsibility for the defeat."
He informed that senior leader LK Advani would continue to lead the party, "Advaniji is our leader and he will continue to be our leader," said Rajnath.
"The political ideology and thought on the basis of which the party was found, we will stick to it now and continue to do so in future. Our ideology is non-negotiable," said Singh.
He also announced that the BJP had prepared an 'action plan' to expand its geographical and social base. The plan will be presented for approval at a conclave in September.
"We will come out with a future action plan, you can call it the road ahead, on the basis of suggestions during the three-day chintan baithak (introspection session). The larger goal would be the social and geographical expansion of the party," he said.
When asked about Rashtriya Swayam Sewak (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat favouring younger leadership in the party, Singh said the BJP has been inducting fresh blood for a long time. "We have been doing it all the time."