‘Infighting led to K’taka loss’

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national vice-president Uma Bharti on Saturday said that differences among party leaders was one of the reasons for the party's defeat in Karnataka Assembly elections.

At a press conference in Lucknow, Bharti said the BJP took a lot of time in taking a decision on B S Yeddyurappa's exit last year. "Such infighting makes an impression in public that party leaders were fighting for power."

Bharti said Congress leaders were happy with the results of Karnataka elections but they were living in "fool's paradise". "BJP lost elections there due to various local factors which will make no impact on Lok Sabha election results," Bharti said.

On the state government's move to withdraw criminal cases against alleged HuJI operatives Tariq Qasmi and Khalid Mujahid, Bharti said Uttar Pradesh was the only place after Pakistan where terrorists would be feeling safe. "UP government is openly defending the criminals who are accused in terror cases," Uma said.

Earlier, Uma met Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and requested to ensure an integrated development of her Assembly constituency Charkhari.

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