The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday blamed the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) for the fall of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in Jharkhand even as its top leaders were set for introspection after the debacle.
"Whenever the Congress is in power at the centre it resorts to its old undemocratic practice of not allowing non-Congress governments to function in the states," BJP president Rajnath Singh said.
Chief Minister Arjun Munda submitted his resignation to Governor Syed Sibte Razi on Thursday even before taking a trust vote in the house. Madhu Koda, an independent legislator who is a former minister in his government, would be sworn in Sep 17 with the support of the Congress-led UPA.
"UPA is guilty of destabilising the state full of natural resources that was on the path of economic growth and prosperity. This anti-people and anti-welfare act of the Congress will be challenged by the people of Jharkhand in times to come," the BJP chief said.
"It is evident that UPA is non-serious about running the new Jharkhand government as none of the UPA political parties have come forward to lead the government," he added.
Singh said the people of Jharkhand had given their mandate only to the NDA in the 2005 Assembly elections.
"We have not resorted to any undemocratic, unconstitutional and unethical means to save our government," he said.
However, the mood within the party was sober.
"The party relied on the political skills of Chief Minister Arjun Munda who had assured the BJP top brass that he would be able to win back the rebel legislators or engineer a split in the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) to prove his majority in the Assembly," a senior BJP leader said.
"By the time the party realised that Munda's claims were far from reality, it was too late. Former party chief M Venkaiah Naidu was deputed to handle the crisis in Jharkhand in a last ditch effort. But even his efforts couldn't help the party much in the end," he added.
"The crisis was brewing in Jharkhand for some time. A timely intervention to set things right could have saved the government. But we missed the bus," a senior BJP functionary said.