BJP concedes defeat

via PTI | New Delhi published on May 16, 2009

The BJP on Saturday conceded defeat and said the party had performed below expectation and the mandate of the people was in favour of the Congress-led UPA alliance.

“It has become clear that Congress and the alliance led by it has emerged as the largest coalition…Though there was no clear majority,” BJP General Secretary Arun Jaitley told reporters here.

Putting up a brave face, Jaitley said the BJP honoured the mandate of the people with “due respect”.

Commenting on performance of the party, he said “we performed well in some places but we performed below expectation in some other States.

“It is a collective failure,” he said but made it clear that there would be no change in party’s ideology.

Jaitley said the BJP had run a positive campaign during the electioneering.

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