Every action has equal reaction, says Nitish Kumar on BJP debacle
Patna: As the voice of
dissent got shriller within BJP after its drubbing in the Bihar assembly
elections, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said it was natural that
the reaction would be strong as the saffron outfit had made a high-profile
campaign in the state.
“Every action has an
equal and opposite reaction,” Kumar said, reacting to the strongly-worded
statement of BJP veterans LK Advani, MM Joshi, Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha
raising a banner of revolt against the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra
Modi. “BJP had created a hype over Bihar elections and made its campaign
high-profile in tune with it. So, the reaction would also be of that
proportion,” Kumar said.
He was speaking to
media persons outside Raj Bhawan after meeting Governor Ram Nath Kovind to
extend Diwali greetings. “Advani and Joshi formed the triumvirate of BJP along
with AB Vajpayee and if they are saying something about the party, it is a
serious matter,” he said.
Kumar enjoyed cordial
relations with Advani during his days in NDA. He had wished the BJP veteran on
his birthday on November 8 too. After Shatrughan Sinha, RK Singh, Hukumdeo
Narayan Yadav and Bhola Singh, the four BJP veterans had yesterday issued a
joint statement that demanded a thorough review of the debacle and
responsibility fixed for the defeat in Bihar.
“The principal reason
for the latest defeat is the way the party has been emasculated in the last
year. A thorough review must be done of the reasons for the defeat as well as
of the way the party is being forced to kow-tow to a handful, and how its
consensual character has been destroyed,” the veterans had said.