Chirag Paswan blames ‘religion and temples’ agenda for BJP’s defeat in assembly polls, praises Rahul Gandhi


Chirag Paswan of NDA’s ally, Lok Janshakti Party, on Wednesday blamed BJP’s agenda of religious polarisation for the saffron party’s defeat in the just-concluded assembly polls in three states.

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Paswan, whose tweets hinting at a possible separation from the NDA had caused quite a flutter on Tuesday, praised the Congress for raising the issue of ‘farmers and unemployment. He told news agency ANI, “The manner in which they raised the issue of farmers and unemployment, I feel they chose well and we (NDA) stayed tangled in religion & temples. I urge the government that we should focus once again solely on development in the time to come.”

Paswan, the son of veteran parliamentarian Ram Vilas Paswan, was also full of praise for Congress President Rahul Gandhi. He said, “There has definitely been a positive change in him. Congress party has won after a long time. You’ll have to give it to him (Rahul Gandhi). If you criticise someone, you should also appreciate them when they perform well.”

Paswan had caused quite a consternation among the BJP top brass after he took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce that all was not well within the NDA. His tweet had read, “The NDA is passing through to serious phase after the departure of the TDP and the RLSP. It’s, therefore, important for BJP to resolve the issues of other remaining alliance partners respectfully.”

His subsequent tweet had read, “Have met BJP leaders on several occasions regarding seat sharing within the alliance, but nothing tangible has been put forward. This could be damaging if not resolved in timeliness manner.”

RLSP’s Upendra Kushwaha, also a union minister, had last week announced his split with the NDA in Bihar.