The BJP’s debacle in the assembly elections where it lost Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan while being unable to make its presence felt in Telangana drew jibes from senior opposition leaders.
“Ab ki baar, kho do sarkar,” Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav tweeted in a rhyming pun on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s “Ab ki baar, Modi sarkar” slogan ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
As the BJP lost Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh after three consecutive terms in power and was voted out in Rajasthan after a term, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor tweeted, “No wonder the BJP is so upset today. The voters just gave them a triple talaaq.” The dig came as the Narendra Modi government sought to gets its ordinance criminalising triple talaaq get adopted as a law in the ongoing parliamentary session.
Tharoor was referring to the controversy over Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik’s claim that he had not received Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti’s fax staking claim to form the government before deciding to dissolve the assembly as there was no one attending the fax machine on a holiday.
National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah also picked on this aspect.
“Congress leaders aren’t faxing their letter to Raj Bhavan in Bhopal. Smart people. It may be a similar model to the one in Jammu,” he said.
Putting its best electoral performance in years, the Congress wrested Chhattisgarh from the BJP, drew ahead to a majority in Rajasthan and after a neck to neck contest in Madhya Pradesh, edged ahead to form the government in the central state.