New Delhi, Nov 10: Former union minister P Chidambaram tonight took a swipe at the rumblings in the BJP, saying the country was seeing "the first fireworks" on the eve of Diwali.
"On the eve of Diwali, we are witnessing the first fireworks. No surprises there," he tweeted soon after BJP veterans, including L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, raised a banner of revolt against Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.
Knives were out in BJP tonight with veteran leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and two others raising a banner of revolt against the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the wake of Bihar debacle saying that the party has been "emasculated" in the last one year and was being "forced to kow-tow to a handful".
In the first challenge to Modi since he emerged the undisputed leader of the party and the government in May last year, the veterans including Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha issued a brief but strongly-worded statement that demanded a thorough review of the debacle.
"The principal reason for the latest defeat is the way the party has been emasculated in the last year. "A through 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 statement said.