PATNA: Verbal duels between RJD chief Lalu Prasad and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi touched a new low in Bihar shortly after the BJP appeared heading for a landslide victory in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh.
The latest trend shows the BJP has established leads over 306 out of total 403 seats in UP in a major setbacks to its key rivals, the SP-Congress alliance and the BSP.
“ठीक बा। देखा ना, बीजेपी ने तुम्हें यूपी में नहीं घुसने दिया तो फायदा हुआ (It’s fine. You know the BJP gained after it banned your entry to UP),” RJD chief tweeted on Saturday, reacted to Modi’s tweet.
The junior Modi had asked the RJD president for his reaction after the BJP looked heading for historic win in UP.
“@laluprasadrjd क्या हाल है (How are you)?” was what Modi had asked.
ठीक बा। देखा ना, बीजेपी ने तुम्हें यूपी में नहीं घुसने दिया तो फायदा हुआ। https://t.co/KBzqOjGdzM
— Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) March 11, 2017
Strangely, the BJP leadership did not took the service of junior Modi in UP elections this time although it entrusted key responsibilities to many junior Bihar leaders, such as Nityanand Rai, Bihar state chief, Nand Kishore Yadav and Mangal Pandey, both former state presidents, in UP polls for the reason best known only to them.
The BJP headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was heading for a landslide victory in politically-significant Uttar Pradesh—the state which gave maximum number of seats to the party in the last Lok Sabha polls.
The available trend in the initial phase of counting has indicated the BJP was heading for a historic two-third majority in the State where it failed to form its government post Babri incident.
As per available trends, of the total 403 seats, the BJP had established dominant leads over its rivals on 306 seats whereas the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) were leading over only 66 and 22 seats respectively.
The elections had become a prestige issue for PM Modi given the fact that he paid so much attention to the polls and launched intensive campaign there.
It was also a challenge for the party to win UP at all costs given the embarrassing defeat in neighbouring Bihar during the last 2015 assembly polls.
The elections were also widely described as a “referendum” on Center’s demonetisation drive given the fact that it was first major elections after the Narendra Modi government launched it in November last.
The trend seems to be indicating the common men have supported the government’s initiatives.
The trend is especially a huge setback for the Akhilesh Yadav the way he rebelled against his father-uncle duo and finally managed to get his claim over the party’s official Cycle symbol.
A ‘free-minded’ Akhilesh then entered into an alliance with another youngster Rahul Gandhi of the Congress with the slogan “UP ko yah saath pasand hai”.
If the counting trend is any indication, the people of UP didn’t like their friendship and dumped them.