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The Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) on Friday took a jibe at the grand alliance to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi's victory run in the recent electoral battles and urged that India needs a good opposition.
"For any Mahagathbandhan to succeed or to be taken seriously, they need to have a coherent narrative. Good luck to Mahagathbandhan, let them come together. India needs a good opposition which is nowhere in sight today," BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav told ANI.
Hailing the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in transforming the politics in the country, Madhav said, "Prime Minister Modi has transformed our politics, it's no longer going to be hereditary, armchair, caste, sloganeering or opportunistic politics," he added.
Expressing disappointment over the dismal show in the recent assembly polls, Congress veteran Mani Shankar Aiyar Earlier today said it is high time the grand old party to form a grand alliance to ensure the BJP's defeat in the 2019 general election.
"The party needs to rethink its strategies and restructure the organisation to stay in the political arena. We need to form an inclusive alliance instead of an inclusive party. The inability to nurture strong regional leaders has been our biggest failure leading to a string of electoral defeats," Aiyar told ANI.
Asserting that nobody can take the place of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Aiyar laid emphasis on inclusion of young leaders in the party.
"Only a fool will say that Prime Minister Narendra Modi can be defeated single-handedly," he added.
The BJP's dominant show in assembly polls has put a big question mark over the political fate of the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance in the run up to the 2019 general elections.
Riding high on Prime Minister Modi's growing popularity, the BJP won 325 seats in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
Despite emerging as the single largest party in Goa and Manipur, the party failed to move in quickly to cobble together alliances with smaller parties to capture power.
The BJP, which ended up second behind the Congress in a split mandate, was also successful in proving its majority on the floor of the Goa Assembly today with the support of 22 MLAs.
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