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A day after BJP’s humiliating defeat in the Bihar assembly elections, the results of which were declared on November 8, more voices of protest have emerged within the party.
After Hukumdev Narayan Yadav and Shatrughan Sinha, now senior party leader Bhola Singh, an MP from Begusarai, has protested and held PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah responsible for party’s defeat in Bihar.
A veteran speaker, Singh has also said that the style of the election campaign was to be blamed for its crushing defeat.
Singh, who was Urban Development Minister in Nitish Kumar’s 2005 cabinet, said, “Defeat was caused by the constant use of derogatory language and the unnecessary remarks on Beef and Pakistan by the BJP leaders including PM Narendra Modi and Party President Amit Shah.”
“This wasn’t just a defeat of the BJP, it was a suicide,” Bhola Singh was quoted as saying in a report by India Today.
He further added, “BJP’s boat sank where there was no water.”
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Praising Nitish Kumar, he said, the current chief minister took on all the attacks and answered in a calm and composed manner which went in favour of the Grand Alliance. He also held RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat responsible for playing a part in the defeat by having brought up the reservation issue.
Meanwhile, actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha has reacted sharply to party colleague Kailash Vijayvargiya’s dog analogy on him even as more disgruntled voices emerged from within BJP over its massive defeat in Bihar polls.
“People want my reaction to Vijayvargiya’s remark. My reaction to small or big flies in any party is “Haathi chale Bihar,….bhaunken hazaar” (many bark but the caravan moves on),” Shatrughan Sinha said in his tweet message as a sharp riposte to BJP general secretary’s remark.
In a bitterly fought election between Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi, the Mahagathbandhan won 178 seats in Bihar, a commanding two-third majority in the 243-member assembly. The Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies had to settle for a mere 58 seats.