Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Sunday noted that had senior JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar shown the courage of breaking alliance with the BJP in 2010, the saffron party would not have won so many seats in that state.
“We are not concerned with what the JD(U) or NDA is doing. But had Nitish taken this courageous decision of parting ways with the BJP in 2010, then the BJP could not have won so many seats in Bihar, which it has right now,” Singh told reporters.
Meanwhile, NDA ally Shiromani Akali Dal reiterated that it remained “solidly” behind the BJP.
Speaking to reporters in Phagwara, Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal said, “Akalis were with the BJP solidly and will continue to be so.” “Though every party, including the JD(U), has its own interest uppermost in its mind, yet all will shake hands with the BJP after the general elections,” he said, adding that the real combination will only emerge after the Lok Sabha polls.
Similarly, another key NDA ally, the Shiv Sena, termed the JD(U)’s decision as unfortunate, with its spokesperson Sanjay Raut stating in Mumbai that it will only benefit the Congress.
Soon after the formal announcement of the split, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj tweeted, “The break-up of NDA is sad and unfortunate”.
BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi took the help of a Hindi song to assert, “A friend has done a deed, which even an enemy would not do.”