Blame Game Begins Within Mahagathbandhan in Bihar

Congress leaders Madan Mohan Jha and Sadanand Singh (file photo).

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Patna: Losing parties, a day after their total rout in the Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA, did not waste any time in passing blames for their loss with each party accusing the other for dragging down the party with them.

Congress leader Sadanand Singh was the first one to fire the salvo when he said that it was due to the Rashtriya Janata Dal's dilly-dallying in announcing the seat-sharing formula that led to the Mahagathbandhan's disastrous show in Bihar where the RJD-led alliance lost at 39 out of 40 seats in the state.

"I'm upset, there was a delay in seat sharing & process of alliance, it wasn't fair. Unless 'dharma' of alliance is followed wholeheartedly, it will not be successful," Singh told the reporters on Friday.

"I respect the people's mandate but this is the time for introspection within the party and the grand alliance. I congratulate all the winners but delay and irregularity in seat sharing is largely to be blamed for the Mahagathbandhan's loss," Singh said.

The Congress leader also took shots at the RJD saying it contested at more seats than any other alliance member and yet it lost at all seats.

"RJD owes us all an explanation for this disastrous result," he said adding that while it was natural to have ups and downs in any election, this level of decimation was not heard of.

Senior Congress leader Nikhil Kumar, who was denied a ticket this election cycle, urged his party senior leaders to go solo in the next year's Assembly elections in Bihar.

Reacting strongly at Singh's insinuation, RJD spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari said that before criticizing the RJD, the Congress should analyze its own poll strategy.

"Congress failed to join the coalition (Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party) in Uttar Pradesh. It also could not reach an agreement with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi. Furthermore, party president Rahul Gandhi lost his own election bid from Amethi where he was expected to win. So, before blaming us for their loss, perhaps Congress should do its own introspection about the failure of its leadership and performance elsewhere," Tiwari said.

Meanwhile, RJD has called a meeting of all of its Lok Sabha candidates and members of the Bihar Legislative Council at Rabri Devi's residence on May 28 and 29 to discuss the reason for the party's complete devastation in Bihar.

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