New Delhi: Holding the divisions within the old Janta Dal as a key reason for BJP's rise in Lok Sabha polls, JD(U) on Wednesday said the 4-6 defeat of BJP at the hands of RJD-JD(U)-Congress alliance in Bihar is a "message for the country".
Party President Sharad Yadav, however, refrained from commenting on whether his party has got in touch with Biju Janta Dal in Odisha, Samajawadi Party in Uttar Pradesh and Janta Dal (Secular) in Karnataka, while saying there are indications that he is keen that the old Janta Dal family reunites.
He also parried questions about the possibility of merger of JD(U) and RJD in Bihar saying the two parties are right now in an alliance.
Yadav, one of the senior leaders of the old Janta Dal, who had become an MP from Jabalpur first as a student leader riding on the crest of anti-Congress wave, justified the alliance with RJD in Bihar.
"Congress has been reduced to 44. This is where we placed it. It's now only a shadow of what it was. Should we keep fighting the shadow? Now the issue is secularism and total justice," he said.
The JDU chief said that the BJP came to power due to "total collapse" of the UPA during the polls and absence of the Janta Dal as an axis power.
"That we are a small party today should not make people forget that the Janta Dal formed government at the Centre thrice and our government was supported by both Congress and BJP. It reflected that we represented a bigger consensus," he said.
Yadav said that JD(U)'s 17-year-old ties with the BJP broke as the national agenda, on which it was based during the period of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani and which was within the parameters of the Constitution, was given a go-by.
Buoyed by the victory, JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar had said that the voters expressed their "displeasure" with the Narendra Modi government and suggested that the alliance would be broadened to include Left parties to check BJP's "communal agenda".