As BJP begins to assess loss, allies rub in criticism

RSTV Bureau
Patna: A view of Bihar BJP office after the party's loss in the assembly elections in Patna on Sunday, November 8, 2015. Photo - PTI

Patna: A view of Bihar BJP office after the party’s loss in the assembly elections in Patna on Sunday, November 8, 2015.
Photo – PTI

Following the heavy defeat in Bihar Assembly polls, BJP is facing criticism not just from its allies but also from within. While its partner in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena, claimed that the defeat of BJP-led NDA in Bihar reflected directly on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, its own leaders too sought for the thorough analysis of the debacle.

As the party chief Amit Shah held meeting with the leaders involved in the campaign, BJP is set to take stock in its Parliamentary board meet on Monday.

“This is clearly a victory for Nitish Kumar as he has emerged as a ‘mahanayak’ in this election. We have been monitoring the polls there and I can tell you that Nitish’s win was necessary for Bihar,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told the press.

Not far behind, former Home Secretary and BJP’s sitting MP from Bihar, RK Singh asked for the responsibility to be fixed for BJP’s shocking performance. As per the latest information, BJP is ahead only on 55 seats, a loss of 36 seats comparing with its 2010 tally.

“There should be an analysis on this (Bihar loss) and responsibility needs to be fixed,” said RK Singh, MP from Bihar’s Arrah parliamentary constituency.

File Photo ( PTI )

File Photo ( PTI )

But the sharpest reaction came from Shatrughan Sinha, actor and senior leader of the BJP. Terming the victory of ‘Grand Alliance’ as “victory of democracy”, Shatrughan Sinha took a swipe at the top party brass, saying the issue of “Bihari versus Bahri has been settled once and for all.”

“Congratulations to Laluji & Nitishji for this victory in Bihar elections… We bow before people’s mandate. It is the victory of democracy and the people of Bihar. I salute them,” Mr. Sinha wrote on a micro-blogging site Twitter,  adding “It appears that the issue of Bihari vs Bahari (and Bihari Babu’s absence) has been settled once and for all”.

Once among the BJP’s star campaigners, Shatrughan Sinha has been seemingly sidelined by the party leadership. Through the elections, Sinha had made his displeasure known and at once even claiming that BJP is on a weak footing.

Former RSS spokesperson and BJP leader Ram Madhav also congratulated Nitish Kumar for the grand comeback, tweeting “JDU+ has registered a good victory. Compliments to the leadership. We accept the verdict in all humility analyse thoroughly and learn from mistakes.”