Advani says RJD-Cong "jungle raj" real reason behind NDA win

Advani said it was "good governance" and development that the NDA gave to Bihar in 5 years which secured for it a renewed mandate.

Updated: Dec 05, 2010, 14:22 PM IST

New Delhi: The "real" reason for the
extraordinary victory of the JD(U)-BJP combine led by Chief
Minister Nitish Kumar in Bihar in the recent Assembly election
is the preceding 15 years of "jungle raj" of the RJD and the
Congress, senior BJP leader L K Advani feels.

He also said it was "good governance" and development
that the NDA gave to Bihar in 5 years which secured for it
a renewed mandate.

"But the real reason for the extraordinary victory won
by us - with JD(U) winning 115 out of 141 seats it contested,
and BJP winning 91 out of 102 seats it contested - was the
preceding fifteen years of jungle raj," Advani wrote in his
blog, while recalling the Congress` defeat post-Emergency
general elections.

He said no one was surprised that the JD(U)-BJP
alliance led by Nitish Kumar won hands down in the recent
Bihar Assembly elections .

"But what amazed all was that even while the most
optimistic assessments about the victory margin were that the
NDA alliance would get a two-third majority, the final results
were that the Nitish-Sushil combination secured 216 out of 243
seats, which meant 8/9th of the Assembly`s total strength," he

Advani said though Congress, which went to the Bihar
polls this time alone, kept blaming Lalu Prasad and RJD for
these 15 years, "but the fact is that for a substantial part
of this period, Congress was part of the RJD Government.

"It was the contrast actually experienced by the
people between the RJD -Congress tenure and JD(U -BJP tenure
which conferred on the NDA such a wonderful landslide," he
Advani also said the result of the Lok Sabha elections
of 1977 held in the wake of the 19-month Emergency which
brought "democracy to the brink of extinction" gave immense
relief to the country.

"Those of us who were part of the poll campaign could
easily sense the electorate`s anger against the Congress
party," he said.

No one was surprised that the Congress Party lost the
polls. But the dimensions of its defeat, particularly in North
India, was a surprise for everyone - for both the Congress as
well as the opposition. For the Congress Party, the result was
a "stunning shock.

"Not only because this was the first time since
independence that the Congress Party had been ousted from the
Central Government but also because in several important
states like U.P., Bihar, Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi, the
Congress had failed to get a single Lok Sabha seat," he said.