With BJP winning 8 out of the 14 Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand, the party's state unit has asked its central leadereship to allow it to fight the next assembly elections on its own, while its NDA partner JD(U) has expressed readiness to go it alone in all the seats.
"There is an opinion in the state party unit to contest all the 81 seats in Jharkhand following BJP's excellent performance," its state unit president Raghuvar Das told PTI over phone from Delhi on Tuesday.
Terming BJP's opinion as 'overconfidence', alliance partner JD-U's spokesman Pramod Kumar Mishra said his party was ready to contest all the seats in the assembly, which is in animated suspension since January.
"It seems the BJP is overconfident and has overlooked the fact that during elections all its national leaders and those of JD-U emphasised on NDA candidates. Anyway we welcome whatever BJP decides," he said when asked.
BJP was almost washed clean during the 2004 Lok Sabha polls and managed only one seat after contesting alone. This time JD-U leaders and workers worked in all the constituencies in favour of NDA candidates.
BJP's success should also be attributed to JD-U leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's campaign in Jharkhand.
"The verdict was for NDA, not for BJP alone," he said.