New Delhi, May 20: If one were to see a tally of one seat in an election, it would quite obviously be termed as a terrible performance. However that is not the case for the BJP in Kerala where it opened its account by winning one seat. The BJP looks at this in a very optimistic manner.
The BJP's veteran O Rajgopal fondly referred to as Rajettan created history on Thursday, May 19 by winning the Nemom seat. At the end of the day the tally read 1 for the BJP and this according to the party has marked their arrival. [Why BJP's 10% in Bengal is bigger than 17% in LS poll 2014]
Why is the BJP rejoicing a solitary win?
First and foremost this cannot be considered to be a solitary win. It is the first ever win for the BJP in the state of Kerala. According to the party's national spokesperson, G V L Narasimha Rao this is a huge psychological boost for the party. 1 in 140 may seem an insignificant number, but this is symbolic since it is the BJP's first ever success in the state.
Rao explains that this win has given the BJP the confidence and it will turn it into a political advantage. The first thing that we are looking at is the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. We expect to increase our vote share and also win a couple of seats.
The Assembly and the Lok Sabha elections are a different ball game. I know that the battle ahead is a long one. However we were in a similar position in Karnataka many years back, but we turned it around, Rao also adds.
If we do well in the interim Lok Sabha elections, then we can hope for a much better result in the next assembly polls. This win gives us the confidence and the BJP will make every attempt to increase the tally. Kerala does hold a strong promise for us, Rao further states.