A day after JD(U)’s rout in the Maharajganj by-polls and BJP’s massive sweep in Gujarat, BJP national general secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy chose to rub salt in Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s wounds.
The JD(U), Rudy said, needed Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as much as in Bihar as the BJP needed him at the national level.
“There is little doubt that Modi’s service is required in Bihar. The NDA leaders should examine what went wrong in Bihar when the BJP did so well in Gujarat under the leadership of Modi,” Rudy said.
“The JD(U) workers openly admit that they require Modi to improve the party’s polls prospects in the state. The NDA and the country need a strong leader.”
Kumar has repeatedly questioned Modi’s acceptability as the NDA nominee for the prime ministerial post due to his alleged lack of secular credentials.
But for Modi’s followers, the BJP’s victory in Gujarat has been yet another proof of his increasing acceptability on the national stage.
Kumar’s opposition to Modi has frayed the ties between the two ruling allies in Bihar.
It was even alleged that the miffed BJP workers’ lack of enthusiasm had led to the JD(U) candidate PK Shahi’s defeat in Maharajganj.
Rudy rejected the JD(U) candidate’s charge that the local BJP workers in Maharajganj had not done enough to ensure his victory.
“Workers of both the JD(U) and the BJP did the best they could, but failed to obtain the desired result,” Rudy said – a line that was echoed by Kumar.
(With IANS inputs)