The combined figure of the BJP and Congress could not touch the 100-mark.
It’s aptly said, success has many fathers and failures have none. Neither BJP leaders nor Congress leaders have come forward to claim responsibility for the debacle.
Complete disappearances of top leaders of the two parties in the campaign trails, lack of coordination among election managers, absence of clear-cut strategies, wrong selection of candidates, inadequate funding for campaign and improper poll management are attributed to both the parties’ failures.
How do the opposition parties chart out their future course from now?
Reduced to the rubbles, it would be a tough task for the opposition parties to rise again in the near future. Both the parties are not regional outfits…they are national. And now, the onus lies in their national leaders to take note of their dismal display and take corrective measures.
Meanwhile, eerie silence prevailed on Tuesday, a day after the final counting votes, in the Opposition camps in Odisha as they fared very badly in the just concluded rural polls. Never ever in their recent past, did the two major national parties fare so miserably.
The strike rates or the seat conversion rates of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress stood abysmally at 4.93 per cent and 4.34 per cent respectively, as against the ruling BJD’s enviable 89.89 per cent. None of the top leaders of the two parties have yet claimed responsibility for their disastrous results, even though the two parties’ spokespersons held their nerves in television debates to defend their performances.
The BJP state headquarters office at Kharavela Nagar wore a desolate look on Tuesday as most of the office-bearers did not turn up for their daily work. Party’s state president Samir Mohanty also remained incommunicado for his reaction on the poll debacle.
Senior BJP leader Bijoy Mohapatra attributed the party’s catastrophic fall to lack of coordination among the party leaders and complete absence of strategy.
The Congress office at Mastercanteen Square also looked deserted as the party’s office-bearers were conspicuous by their absence.
Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Niranjan Patnaik, while appearing on a television debate, said the BJD got a massive mandate as it rolled out many populist measures ahead of the polls.