Patna: Congress leaders in Patna on Monday celebrated the victory of the party in Jharkhand Assembly elections where the Congress-Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-RJD coalition handed over a convincing defeat to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by limiting the saffron party to 25 seats while walking away with a joint total of 47 out of a total of 81 seats.
Congress leaders including Madan Mohan Jha celebrated the party's victory in Jharkhand by sharing sweets and rubbing 'gulal' on each other's face while beating 'dhol' to issue a warning to the NDA that the next state to show the door to the BJP would be none other than Bihar.
Other non-NDA leaders in Bihar extended congratulations to Congress-JMM leaders saying the poll result in Jharkhand was a clear sign of BJP's eroding influence across the nation after a series of controversial moves by Prime Minister Modi and his team that has left citizens with Modi-Shah fatigue.
Talking to reporters in Patna, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav congratulated JMM's Hemant Soren, the man who would be the new Chief Minister of Jharkhand.
"Voters in Jharkhand have rejected the divisive politics of the BJP in favor of issues that matter most to the people. I knew the BJP would be eviscerated in the state polls when I began campaigning in Jharkhand. I saw the anti-NDA wave and witnessed people's frustration first hand and I realized that those who want to divide the nation on religious basis are about to be taught a lesson by the good people of Jharkhand," Yadav, the youngest son of Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi said.
RJD's Vice President Shivanand Tiwari also congratulated the Jharkhand voters saying they rejected the 'extremist politics' of the BJP sending a clear signal to Delhi that the people of India were not buying what they were selling to them in the name of nationalism and patriotism.
"There is also a disconnect between Modi and Amit Shah. While the Prime Minister says there is no plan to implement National Registration of Citizens (NRC), Shah insists implementation of the NRC was a foregone conclusion. After Jharkhand, it's Bihar's turn to teach lesson to the NDA," he said.
Upendra Kushwaha, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief, also sent wishes to the people of Jharkhand saying the mandate was clearly against the BJP and in favor of a progressive government.
"BJP would be well advised to stop the politics of lies and propaganda and start thinking about issues that matter most to the people of India. Otherwise, it will meet the same fate in other states that it met in Jharkhand," Kushwaha said.
Meanwhile, neither Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal-U nor Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janshakti Party could open its account in Jharkhand.
Not only their candidates lost at each seat but also lost their deposits everywhere.
JD-U had fielded its candidates in 40 of the 81 seats in Jharkhand while the LJP had contested at 30 seats.
Incidentally, Jharkhand is the fifth state after Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Maharashtra that has slipped away from the BJP's grip in less than a year.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS