Kolkata, Feb 14: Acknowledging the AAP's landslide victory in the Delhi assembly polls, union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu Saturday admitted that the timing of the election was a "tactical" mistake and the BJP must prepare itself for other parties coming together.
AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal was Saturday sworn in as Delhi's chief minister by Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung at the Ramlila Maidan in the heart of the national capital.
"Definitely it is a setback, undoubtedly. BJP's place is intact in Delhi. In 2013 and 2015 assembly elections, BJP's vote bank remained intact. What happened is, other parties which were there lost maximum of their base and vote. They were transferred to local parties," Naidu said here.
"We made a tactical mistake. I have no hesitation in accepting it. After the Lok Sabha election, if we would have gone for the assembly polls immediately, we would have won hands down. A lot of time has passed," he said.
Naidu, however, said the defeat has not affected the BJP leadership.
"There is no question of any setback to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the leadership," he said.
"The lesson for the BJP in this election is even if all parties join together, we must be in a position to win polls," Naidu said.
He said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has to "introspect and find out ways and means to expand its base further".
"We must be ready to fight against other challenges. If other parties come together then we must be in a position to face them effectively and win the polls," he added.