Forgetting development and focusing on name change, Ram temple costed BJP: suggests BJP MP Sanjay Kakade

Since the BJP received a major setback in five state assembly polls, where instead of winning anything the party ended up losing its three states just months before the all important general elections, people are coming up with their views.

Be it politicians, analysts, political experts, or even common man, everyone has a opinion on what costed the BJP. Amid this, BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP, Sanjay Kakade has come up with his personal views. According to the MP, abandoning the agenda of development and instead focusing on issues such as changing names of places and Ram temple, was the cause of defeat.

“I think we forgot the issue of development that Prime Minister Narendra Modi took up in 2014 Lok Sabha election. Ram Mandir, statues and changing names of places became the [party’s] focus [this time],” news agency ANI quoted him as saying.

He further went on to say that he was expecting a defeat in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, but results in MP comes of bit surprising.  “I knew we would lose in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh but trends in Madhya Pradesh have come as a surprise,” he said.

The issue of constructing a Ram temple in Ayodhya and changing names of cities figured prominently in BJP’s campaign in Rajastthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.