New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday conceded defeat in the Bihar elections.
Â“BJP lost only because of alliance arithmetic,Â” union minister Prakash Javadekar told the media.
BJP vice president Prabhat Jha added: Â“We failed to understand peopleÂ’s mind. We will have to change our election strategy.Â”
Modi must take blame for Bihar defeat: Shiv Sena
The Shiv Sena said on Sunday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi must take responsibility for the BJP combine’s defeat in the Bihar assembly election.
After saying that Bihar Chief Minister and JD-U leader Nitish Kumar had emerged as “a political hero” after leading his alliance to a victory, he said it was time for Modi to accept responsibility.
“This is a big win for Nitish Kumar. He has emerged as a political hero,” Sena’s Sanjay Raut told the media.
“When Congress loses, then it’s (president) Sonia’s (Gandhi) responsibility. Similarly, BJP must accept that Bihar results is Modi’s responsibility,” Raut said.
He added: “We congratulate Nitish Kumar. This result will be a turning point in the country’s political future.”
The Sena is the junior partner in the BJP-led government in Maharashtra.
Negative statements by BJP leaders worked against NDA: Sharad Yadav
Negative statements from leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the RSS during the Bihar assembly election campaign went against the NDA, Janata Dal-United chief Sharad Yadav said here on Sunday.
“(RSS chief) Mohan Bhagwat’s remark on (doing away with) reservation also went against them. It became a big factor,” he told CNN-IBN TV.
Yadav said it was a defeat for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his government and leaders like BJP chief Amit Shah who were fully involved in the electioneering.
“It’s a win for the Grand Alliance and Nitish Kumar’s developmental work…,” he added.
Bihar debacle leaves BJP workers in tears
Scores of BJP workers who were here since Saturday night broke down minutes after it became clear the party was facing a massive debacle in the Bihar assembly polls.
“We had not even dreamt of this kind of results. It’s a complete heartbreak for us,” said Satish, a young Bharatiya Janata Party worker, on Sunday.
“We were really hopeful that the BJP would win, but it’s really sad that we are losing,” he added.
Many other workers were in tears as the results showed the BJP losing the battle for Bihar. Senior party workers tried to console them, saying “winning and losing are two faces of the same coin”, but it did not seem to cut much ice with the disheartened workers.