Staff Reporter, Bhopal
BJP state president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan accepted defeat and said the party respects public opinion and would introspect on the reasons for the loss. He said people of Chitrakoot chose tradition and not development.
The BJP fought the election over the issue of development but the seat traditionally belongs to Congress and people gave precedence to tradition. He said Chitrakoot doesn’t represent the entire Madhya Pradesh.
Chauhan reminded that the seat was a Congress bastion and said BJP’s 200 plus aim for 2018 assembly polls was well and truly on target. Chauhan, however, played down the defeat in the bypoll saying the seat traditionally belonged to the Congress.
“This is one of the seats which traditionally belong to the Congress. However, in the 2008 election, BJP candidate Surendra Singh Gaharwar had won this seat.
“Chitrakoot does not reflect the mood of the entire state. We did expect to win. Now, we will review the poll outcome and find out the causes behind our defeat,” he said.
The loss has given the party something to think about as it prepares its election strategy in the newly set up war room, almost a year before the polls.