Why is Arun Jaitely so important to BJP? He has not fought any elections himself.
Arun Jaitley as General Secretary has managed 8 Assembly elections as of May 2008. Most recently, he oversaw the BJP's success in Karnataka.
Gujarat In 2002, Arun Jaitley helped his close associate, Narendra Modi win the Gujarat assembly elections with a landslide mandate, winning 126 out of 182 seats. This partnership has rewarded Arun Jaitley with Rajya Sabha nominations.
Madhya Pradesh In 2003, Arun Jaitley, managed the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh. He, along with Uma Bharti, won a thumping majority of 173 out of 230 in the MP Assembly. Uma Bharti, the Chief Minister and Arun Jaitley would then fall out leading to the former's expulsion.
Karnataka Arun Jaitley was specifically put in charge of Karnataka, which went to polls simultaneously with the Lok Sabha in May 2004. Karnataka is the only southern state in which the BJP has a sizeable presence and a positive mandate for the BJP was expected. The resul ...more