New Delhi: V Muraleedharan, minister of state for external affairs and parliamentary affairs, declined to comment on the BJP's defeat in Karnataka assembly elections. When asked by the media for his response, he stated that the elections took place in Karnataka and he is the leader of Kerala. He suggested that Karnataka leaders would analyse and make comments about the election results. Being a union minister, I would prefer to talk about department affairs, he said.
Muraleedharan mentioned that winning and losing elections is normal for political parties. BJP stands for the people. It would not disappear just because it lost an election, he said.
When questioned about prime minister Narendra Modi's campaign, Muraleedharan replied that in every election, all leaders campaign.
The minister also noted that although the BJP had lost elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh, they later won Lok Sabha elections. Therefore, he suggested that people with common sense could judge the situation.