Poll results show BJP losing ground: Nitish

Senior JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said the BJP’s performance in Jharkhand and Jammu & Kashmir was not a reason for the saffron party to feel proud of as the results show that its popularity was on the slide.

“Jeet par guman karne layak nahi hai (the victory do not give a reason to feel proud),” Kumar told reporters questioning the celebrations by BJP.

“The (poll) result in Jharkhand show that while BJP was ahead in 56 Assembly seats in Lok Sabha election, in the Assembly polls they managed to win 37 seats only,” he said analysing the results, which were declared on Tuesday.

The vote percentage for BJP had also slided to 31.3 per cent in Jharkhand from 40.1 per cent in the Parliamentary election about six months earlier.

“In Jharkhand, the BJP had set a target to win 60 seats, while in J& K they had ‘mission 44’. But both could not be achieved,” Kumar said.

On the dismal performance of the JD(U), RJD and the Congress, Kumar said “In the absence of a proper alliance among opposition parties I was not expecting much in Jharkhand.”

“In view of no proper alliance between opposition parties, BJP should have swept Jharkhand poll but it did not happen which shows its popularity in its traditional bastion is on the wane,” Kumar, who drove the JD(U) to break ties with the BJP in June last year over elevation of Narendra Modi in the party, said.

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