BJP worried with polarisation of minority votes

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New Delhi, April 10: Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley has expressed apprehension that the polarisation of minority votes could create problems for the party during the next Lok Sabha elections. The concern could raise discomfort while projecting Narendra Modi as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate even though the party has been claiming that all its leaders remained united.

Speaking at a meeting on Sunday, the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha said if the minority votes had gone to the regional parties and not the Congress in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP would have made a good gain in terms of seats.

He said the BJP does not want to hand over any advantage to the Congress by letting it tap the minority votes in the next Lok Sabha polls even though there was no open discussion on it by the party leaders. BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the entire party was united and the only issue that it was stressing was development.

Sources said a section of the BJP was worried that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) could break up and if it indeed happens, the Congress would get a big opportunity to corner the BJP.

The Congress, meanwhile, said that the internal fractures in the BJP was becoming prominent and the throne in Delhi was a long distance away from the paty.

Even though the general mood in the BJP is pin favour of projecting Modi as the PM candidate, buit certain leaders like Shatrughan Sinha and Vijay Goel have recently praised Lala Krishna Adbvani and backed him as a prime ministerial candidate. Even NDA allies like the JD(U) and Shiv Sena have expressed preferences for other candidates to become the prime minister, which shows that not all is on order for the principal opposition party.

The party has recently lost Himachal Pradesh and chances of it losing Karnataka is also high. JhIts government in Jharkhand has also crumbled a few months go. The electoral debacles make the party's Mission 2014 look all the more difficult.

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