Defeat in Karnataka civic body poll is 'alarming', says BJP

New Delhi The BJP today accepted its defeat in the civic body elections in Karnataka as "alarming" and said the party will introspect but claimed it will spring back in coming Assembly elections.

Asked about the party's debacle in the polls, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said, "We did not win in the civic body elections. We have lost and this is alarming. We will definitely introspect about it."

"In the assembly elections we will do well and we will win the elections," Mr Hussain claimed.

Though BJP put up a brave front, sources said, former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa's decision to form his Karnataka Janata Party had affected the party's fortunes and led to its rout.

BJP leaders claimed the results show that had Mr Yeddyurappa not quit the party, it would have emerged triumphant in these polls.

This poll outcome is likely to make BJP think about its future plans as assembly elections in Karnataka are just a couple of months away.

With senior party leader LK Advani having categorically expressed his opposition to Mr Yeddyurappa and pulled up the party at its recent national conclave for not removing him promptly from the post of Chief Minister, BJP will find it difficult to forge and any pre or post-poll alliance with KJP.

Not having any electoral understanding with Mr Yeddyurappa's party is likely to see a repeat of the local bodies polls in the assembly elections as his candidates could cut into BJP votes and lead to the party's ouster from power, said a party leader.

Story First Published: March 11, 2013 18:26 IST

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