After being checkmated by the RJD-JD(U)-Congress alliance in the Bihar by poll, BJP ally Shiv Sena on Tuesday said that the ‘Mahayuti’ needs pull up its socks and refrain from gloating over the “Modi wave” to fight the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections.
“We have to accept that the RJD-JDU-Congress combine won 6 seats while the BJP could win only 4. People have shown that there is a difference between Lok Sabha and state assembly elections. This difference should be taken very seriously,” the Sena said in an edit in its party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.”
“Seeing the by-poll results, it seems clear that the BJP-Shiv Sena led ‘Mahayuti’ has to pull up its socks and get to work for the upcoming elections in Maharashtra,” it said.
Warning against completely relying on the Modi wave, Sena said that state elections cannot be won on mere talk.
“People want a change of power in Maharashtra. But we cannot win elections by only talking about winning. (Narendra) Modi has been given a strong mandate to head the country. But the factors that come into play during state elections are different,” the Sena said.
The edit added that the BJP should “learn a lesson” from the results of the by-polls and “self-introspect” on what went wrong.
Three months after its spectacular showing in Lok Sabha polls, the BJP received a jolt in the assembly bye-elections, suffering a 4-6 defeat at the hands of the RJD-JD(U)-Congress alliance in Bihar and yielding two strongholds to Congress in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.