New Delhi, Nov 9: The parliamentary board meet called by the Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday discussed the humiliating loss in Bihar as one of its most primary agenda. The session was attended by top brass BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, along with other cabinet leaders.
Addressing the media at the conclusion of meet, Arun Jaitley accepted the mandate in a humble manner. However, he refrained to accept it as a referendum on the performance of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister. According to Jailtey, BJP did not lose the grounds it gained in the Lok Sabha elections. The defeat is directly related to the unification of main opposition parties. (ALSO READ: Bihar elections: Nitish Kumar’s victory reminisces the rise of V P Singh. Will he go down the same path?)
“Grand-alliance unity is the reason for our loss. We underestimated their combined strength. In terms of voteshare, we are still the single largest party with 24.6 per cent of the electorates casting their votes in our favour. However, the combined voteshare of our opponents was miscalculated by us,” Jaitley said.
Jaitley assured that Centre would allot Rs 1,65,000 crore announced by Modi as special package to the state. “Even though we are not forming the government in Bihar, we are committed towards development of the state. Centre would allot the special package as announced earlier. We would also provide all possible assist to the state government,” he added.