Delhi Poll rout: Hardcore Hindutva rhetoric took toll over BJP in the national capital?

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New Delhi, Feb 10: Allies and political rivals might be targetting BJP's poster boy Narendra Modi for the party's worst ever performance in Delhi polls, but a BJP leader has come out in support of the Prime Minister.

Hindutva rhetoric took toll over BJP?
As per BJP's woman Muslim leader Asifa Khan, the controversial remarks from the likes of Sakshi Maharaj and Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti distanced Delhi's liberal Hindu voters as well as voters of the minority communities from the party.

Although there is no official data about per cent of minority votes that BJP received. But opinion poll surveys have predicted that almost 71 per cent of minority voters in Delhi voted in favour of AAP while BJP received just 8 per cent of Muslim votes.

Khan also termed the humiliating defeat in Delhi polls as the failure of the party's state unit and it should review the cause for the party's defeat.

It must be noted that the divisive statements from the MPs like Sakshi Maharaj and Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti during Delhi election campaigns proved fatal for the party.

PM Modi and party chief Amit Shah both are at the opposition as well as allies' target for the crushing defeat suffered by BJP in Delhi elections today.

BJP's Maharashtra ally Shiv Sena on Tuesday said the results showed "tsunami" in the national capital was bigger than Modi wave. Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray tweeted that he agreed with Gandhian Anna Hazare that the election result was a defeat for Modi.

"Delhi has shown that tsunami is bigger than a wave...It is a message to those who lord over Delhi," Thackeray said.

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee, with whose party BJP has been having a running battle, said "arrogance and political vendetta have been defeated today" and that BJP's "balloon has burst".

She said, "Delhi election is turning point of present political situation. Shows political vendetta has no place in a democracy. Country needed this change."

Her party spokesman Derek O'Brien said the message from the Delhi polls was "Bhaag (run) Modi Bhaag". BJP's Tamil Nadu ally PMK said the reason for AAP's landslide victory was that people were yearning for change due to "corruption" in government administration.

JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar said the poll outcome in Delhi was a referendum on Modi and "it reflects the mood of the country".

In an apparent attack on Modi, he said, "Hawabazzi se kaam nahi chalega (things will not work only on the basis of lofty talks).... Astonishingly in such a short span of nine months of Narendra Modi government, the mood of people is changing against him."

Attributing BJP's abysmal performance to its government's failure to deliver on any of the "tall promises" made during the poll, Kumar said, "He (Modi) talked lofty things on return of black money, paying enhanced bonus to farmers, special status to Bihar in 100 days but none of them are visible even after lapse of nine months."

OneIndia News

(With inputs from PTI)

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