Patna: Senior Congress leader Akhilesh Prasad Singh, at a press conference in Patna on Tuesday attributed the stupendous loss of the Grand Alliance in Bihar to failure to 'transfer votes' from one party to another resulting in splitting of votes that resulted in helping the NDA in the Lok Sabha elections.
"While all members of the Mahagathbandhan including Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP), and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) cooperated with each other to present a credible opposition to the NDA, this cooperation did not convert into transfer of votes at the polling booths as supporters of Mahagathbandhan only voted for their own party candidates while ignoring those that represented other parties," Singh said.
The Congress leader further said that the way people of Bihar turned up in large numbers at Congress president Rahul Gandhi's numerous public rallies, one would think that the Grand Alliance should have won at least at 20 seats, if not more, in the state.
Singh also said that seat-sharing arrangement and choice of candidates were also responsible for the loss of Mahagathbandhan.
"We will soon convene a meeting of the party leaders to analyze the cause of the Grand Alliance's loss at 39 out of 40 seats in Bihar," the Rajya Sabha MP said.