Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today said no political pundit could have predicted that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would win so many seats and the Congress would perform so badly in this year's general elections.
He said dynastic politics had been delivered a major blow in the elections. Addressing the BJP's national council here, Jaitley said, "Those who thought that good governance is not important, but caste equations are important, and that happens in a lot of provinces in north India, have been proved wrong."
"It has been made clear in this election that ineffective, indecisive leadership cannot lead this nation," he added. Jaitley also warned that if a government's might is used to pursue a politics of vengeance, and if it's considered a victory, then such politics never yields good results.
Praising BJP president Amit Shah's capabilities, he said, "I think the opposition had figured out Amit Shah's capabilities even before we did, and that's why he became their target many years ago. We understood his abilities later on." This is the BJP's first national council meeting after it formed the government at the Centre in May this year.
Other senior BJP leaders like Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh also addressed the BJP's national council meeting being held in the capital today.