Jokihat Fallout: Voice of Dissent Appears in the NDA

JD-U leader K C Tyagi (file photo).

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Patna: With Janata Dal – U candidate's humiliating loss at the hands of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidate in the Jokihat special election, voice of dissents against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have started to surface as both JD-U and Upendra Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) tried to put the blame on the saffron party for over-playing its hands in special elections.

Patna: With Janata Dal – U candidate's humiliating loss at the hands of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidate in the Jokihat special election, voice of dissents against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have started to surface as both JD-U and Upendra Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) tried to put the blame on the saffron party for over-playing its hands in special elections.

JD-U national General Secretary and a Rajya Sabha member K C Tyagi blamed the BJP for having an incoherent economic policy leading to a substantial rise in the prices of petrol and diesel.

"There is a widespread resentment among the voters who feel the government does not have their back. Furthermore, the BJP, that is the bigger party in the alliance, must not take its partners for granted," Tyagi said adding he hoped BJP President Amit Shah would make proper adjustments in his approach so this situation is not repeated elsewhere.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also indirectly blamed the BJP for his party's loss in Jokihat saying rising fuel cost was the prime reason for his candidate's loss in the hands of the RJD candidate.

In a statement, RLSP President and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha asked the BJP to stop acting like the 'big brother' and start treating all allies with due respect.

"We hope that the BJP will re-adjust its attitude and treat all parties with respect that they deserve. We also hope that the BJP leaders take all allies into confidence when formulating new policies. This will certainly help strengthen the alliance," Kushwaha said.

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