BJP state units acted against NDA's interests: JD-U
The Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Saturday alleged that some state units of its key partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worked against the interests of their alliance and blamed the BJP's "confusing" election campaign for its poll debacle.
"We are not happy with the way some state units of the BJP played a negative role during the elections," JD-U spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Shivanand Tiwari told reporters in New Delhi.
Maintaining that the alliance with the BJP was intact, he said the "BJP is duty-bound to introspect where the campaign went wrong despite so many reasons to put the Congress in the dock.
"Our leaders will also hold discussions with them," he added.
A two-day meeting of the JD-U national executive began on Saturday to dwell on the reasons for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance's debacle in the April-May elections.
Tiwari cited the instance of Chhatra Lok Sabha seat in Jharkhand and several other seats where, acording to him, the BJP worked against the official candidates of the JD-U. "The alliance suffered because of this," he said.
He said the same happened in four constituencies in Uttar Pradesh and one in Rajasthan which the JD-U contested and lost.
Without going into the details, he said the BJP's campaign "lacked focus and gave confusing signals". Asked where it went wrong, Tiwari said "our leaders have already said that several times".
JD-U president and NDA convenor Sharad Yadav had said soon after the results that BJP MP Varun Gandhi's hate speeches and projection of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as a future prime ministerial candidate when the polls were on confused the voters.
The BJP had proposed senior leader L K Advani's name for the top job.
The NDA won 159 seats whereas the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) got 263 out of the 543 Lok Sabha seats for which elections were held.