New Delhi: After Congress’s surprising victory in recent Assembly Elections, Madhya Pradesh’s outgoing CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan took the responsibility of saffron patty’s defeat in the state and submitted his resignation today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulating Congress for its victory in MP and other states said “we accept the people’s mandate with humility”.
While BJP chief Amit Shah and other Union ministers in charge of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh has been silent over the defeat.
The saffron party this time has not held any post-election press conference this time but BJP chief posted just one tweet after the results were out on Tuesday.
He congratulated K Chandrashekar Rao and the TRS party for the “impressive victory” in Telangana.
It was back in 2015 when Shah did not address a post-poll press conference since the party had come at the Centre.
He only congratulated JD(U)’s Nitish Kumar, who was part of the “grand alliance” with RJD leader Lalu Prasad.
“We respect the mandate of people of Bihar. Good wishes to the new government, hope they take Bihar much ahead in terms of development,” Shah had tweeted on Bihar’s results, NDTV reports.
Four other party leaders to issued a public statement which read “…to say that everyone is responsible for the defeat in Bihar is to ensure that no one is held responsible”.
It further added: “It shows those who would have appropriated credit if the party had won are bent on shrugging off responsibility for the disastrous showing in Bihar.”
On the other hand, Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar and Dharmendra Pradhan, both who were in charge of the elections in Rajasthan and MP, respectively, were not available at the party office after the results were declared.
In Chhattisgarh and MP, it was left to the state leaders to hold the fort. On Wednesday, Chouhan told reporters that despite getting more votes than the Congress in 2018, the party got less number of seats. In 2008, the BJP’s vote share was 38 per cent but it managed 143 seats.
“It’s true that we did not have the majority,’’ Chouhan said, adding despite getting more votes than Congress the saffron party got less number of seats.
Speaking of pro-people schemes implemented in the State, Chouhan said: “If, despite that, we lost it means the blame goes to me. Maybe, I lacked something.’’
On Tuesday, Raman Singh, Chhattisgarh’s counterpart said: “I take the responsibility for this defeat because the poll was contested under my leadership. We will act as a strong Opposition and work for the development of the state.”