Dehradun: With less than six months left for the general elections of 2019, BJP’s below-par performance in the local body polls in Uttarakhand has drawn the attention of party president Amit Shah who has sought a detailed report from the state unit explaining the reasons for not getting better results.
The BJP president has sought a report in two days to analyse the defeat of candidates in the local body elections from constituencies believed to be strongholds of top party leaders in Uttarakhand.

Shah has further asked the BJP state president to call a core group meeting to detail the reasons behind the defeat in constituencies of MP and MLAs.

According to sources, RSS swayamsevaks in Uttarakhand have told Shah that the senior BJP leaders betrayed a lack of interest in campaigning. Had they worked hard, the party could have won Kotdwar and Haridwar mayoral seats, the swayamsevaks reported.

Shah has asked the RSS volunteers to send a detailed report examining the causes of poor performance.

A rift between the party and state government has surfaced after the results of the Uttarakhand civic polls. The party says that the government lacked in the publicity of development works of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and Trivendra Singh Rawat government of the state, due to which voters moved to independent candidates. The state government denies it is besotted by feuds.

Surprisingly, top leaders of the party like the chief minister, MP Maj Gen BC Khanduri (Retd), Uttarakhand forest minister Harak Singh Rawat, MLA Ganesh Joshi, MP Ramesh Pokhriyal  ‘Nishank’, state  BJP president Ajay Bhatt, etc could not save the municipality seats in their constituencies. On the other hand, Forest Minister Harak Singh Rawat also shared his disappointment with the parties ignorance.

Sources say Shah may summon BJP state president Bhatt and MPs from the state to reach BJP headquarters for a meeting to discuss the poll performance.