The Bharatiya Janata Party said on Thursday the Samajwadi Party walked out of the anti-BJP coalition in Bihar not due to disappointment over seat sharing among the Janata Parivar but because they knew it was a losing alliance.
"The SP parted ways with Janata Parivar. It was not merely due to five seats being given to them... the real cause was because it realised that this is a losing alliance and a losing battle in Bihar," BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.
BJP spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain said the 'grand alliance' was a "sinking ship" from which SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was the first one to jump off to save himself and his party.
Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party on Thursday walked out of the anti-BJP coalition in Bihar saying it will contest the state assembly elections on its own. Samajwadi Party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav told reporters earlier in the day that the "grand coalition" had humiliated his party by giving it just five of the 243 seats.
"It has now been proved that grand alliance is a sinking ship. Yadav was the first one to jump off from it because nobody wants to be on a ship which is going down. It seems that his 'swabhiman' (self-respect) awakened after the Swabhiman Rally of the alliance," Hussain said.
Expressing happiness over SP quitting the grand alliance, Hussain pointed out that Yadav must have realised that senior leaders among the constituents, who had worked with socialist leaders like Ram Manohar Lohia and Jaya Prakash Narayan were not ready to hobnob with their bete noire Congress.
"The mammoth rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Bhagalpur was an eye-opener for Yadav. He must have understood that the grand alliance has no chance to win in Bihar and a defeat will adversely affect his party's chances in UP assembly elections," Hussain added.
The grand alliance, comprising six Janata Parivar parties including JD(U), RJD, SP, was cobbled up at the behest of Bihar chief minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar to throw a challenge to BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in state assembly polls scheduled in October-November this year.
Yadav was unanimously accepted as its president.
Hussain referred to RJD vice-president Raghunath Jha quitting the party and said that it was just the beginning of the end of grand alliance. He added that many more desertions would follow in the coming days.
"The opposition should stop calling it 'grand alliance.' There is nothing grand about it. Modi's Bhagalpur rally was a political tsunami and the alliance has realised that it will obliterate JD(U) and RJD from the state," he added.