Chirag Paswan Says Temple Issues Led to the Loss of BJP in Three States

LJP MP Chirag Paswan (file photo).

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Patna: While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders were fiercely fending off criticism and ridicule coming from all sides in the aftermath of its defeat in the Hindi belt states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh, friendly shots were fired by both Janata Dal – U and its another ally in Bihar Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) with the former separating itself from the hard-core BJP agendas while the latter offering some advice to its senior partner.

Talking to reporters on Thursday, Chirag Paswan, the LJP MP from Jamui and the son of party president and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, said that the cause of BJP's loss in the three states was caused by its inordinate emphasis on Ram and Hanuman Temple.

"In all three states, the BJP raised the issue of Hanuman and Ram Mandir. This created a confusion within the voters. We need to realize this and admit it instead of continuing to deny," the junior Paswan said.

Stating the NDA was the party of development and when the issue of Ram or Hanuman Temple start taking precedence over the agenda of development, it confuses the voters who then look for other options available to them.

"Lok Sabha elections are almost here and the NDA must set its agenda now. The defeats in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh are while ego-bruising, they must serve as an eye-opener to the NDA leaders," the young MP said.

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