New Delhi(PTI): Holding that BJP is suffering from “Congress patch” in UP, the RSS has said it will be difficult for the saffron party, which has a “bigger army of leaders than workers” in the state, to come to power in 2014 Lok Sabha elections unless it answers the questions posed by assembly poll results.
In the editorials of its mouthpieces Organiser and Panchjanya, the Sangh asked the BJP as to why it could not be the choice for voters despite having an organised structure and cadre in the state.
“In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP will have to think about the bigger army of leaders than workers,” it said.
The BJP has performed poorly in the elections and could manage only 47 seats — four less than it secured in 2007 polls — in the 403-member UP Assembly.
Asking the BJP to look into the election results, the RSS said, “Election results in UP have posed several questions and their solutions have to be found well in time otherwise 2014 general elections can become ‘agneepath’ (path of fire) for it and crossing it to reach the centre of power can prove to be difficult.”
The RSS alleged that the BJP is suffering from “Congress patch” in the state and is disconnected from the people.
“In UP, the BJP too suffers from a Congress patch – disconnect with its voters. So, it has lost half of its vote share in the last one decade,” it said.
“Core ideological issues, principled approach and credibility of leadership are needed to sway the voter. More than the party, the leader and more than the leader, his track record (performance) determines poll outcome these days,” the editorial in The Organiser said.
The RSS said with the kind of casteist and communal politics dominating UP, the BJP’s weakening there will strengthen the fundamentalist forces as has been proven by the elections.