Bharatiya Janata Party MP Shatrughan Sinha, who has been severely critical of the party’s handling of the Bihar polls, said on Thursday that the BJP must not shy away from fixing responsibility for the electoral debacle.
In recent weeks, the actor-turned-politician has criticised the BJP for keeping him out of the campaign in Bihar, his home state. The party has targeted him for meeting chief minister Nitish Kumar, who led the Grand Alliance to victory in the polls.
On Thursday, Sinha posted a series of tweets to dispel the notion that the results of the polls would have been different if the BJP had projected him as the National Democratic Alliance’s chief ministerial candidate. He also targeted those within the party who have been criticising him, saying he had a “support base” in Bihar.
“Nonetheless, now that the verdict is out and we’re saddened by this humiliating defeat, we should not run away from fixing responsibility,” he tweeted.
Nonetheless, now that the verdict is out and we're saddened by this humiliating defeat, we should not run away from fixing responsibility.— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) November 12, 2015
“I had no such expectations (of being made CM candidate). Have ONLY said – if I was called for campaigning, things could have been better,” he said in another tweet.
I had no such expectations (of being made CM candidate). Have ONLY said - if I was called for campaigning, things could have been better.— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) November 12, 2015
The alliance led by Nitish Kumar bagged 178 seats in the 243-member Bihar assembly while the BJP-led NDA won 58 seats. This was the second major loss for the BJP following its defeat by the Aam Aadmi Party in the elections to the Delhi assembly earlier this year.
Earlier this week, senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Yashwant Sinha, MM Joshi and Shanta Kumar had said in a statement after the humiliating defeat in Bihar that the party had been “emasculated” in the past year. They too had called on the BJP to fix responsibility for the electoral defeat.
Sinha reiterated his criticism for the BJP’s decision to keep him out of the campaigning. “Despite sincerity, efforts & intention Bihari Babu was kept away from campaigning for my people. My friends, voters & supporters were let down,” he tweeted.
Despite sincerity, efforts & intention BihariBabu was kept away from campaigning for my people. My friends, voters&supporters were let down.— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) November 12, 2015
“I am not a Rajya Sabha MP. I’ve come through the support of masses and won 2 Lok Sabha elections with record margin. I have a support base!” he added.
Following Sinha’s earlier criticism of the party, senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya had likened the sulking MP to a dog. “When a car moves, a dog runs after it too. The dog believes the car is moving because of me. This party is not dependable on one person, it’s a whole organisation and there’s a big hierarchy here,” he had said.