New Delhi: BJP’s defeat at the hands of the Congress in the recently concluded Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, has provided enough fodder to rebel leaders and former allies. (Also read: ‘Pappu’ Has Become ‘Param Pujya’, Says Raj Thackeray)

Yashwant Sinha, BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha and former ally Upendra Kushwaha could not help pointing a finger at the saffron party’s “arrogance”.  BJP’s Patna Sahib MP Shatrughan Sinha launched a direct attack at PM Narendra Modi. He mentioned how the PM had talked about “Congress ki Vidhwa”, in a reference to Sonia Gandhi, at a rally in Rajasthan. Sinha called Congress chief Rahul Gandhi “dashing, dynamic and charming”.

Addressing PM Modi, he tweeted, “Sir ji! Now please tell us who’s ‘Pappu’ and who’s turned out to be the real ‘Feku’! Our own dashing, dynamic & of course charming Rahul Gandhi once again and once for all has shown his charisma. Sirji ‘Taali Captain ko to Gaali bhi captain ko’! Don’t you think Rahul Gandhi and his mother, whom you allegedly & tastelessly called by a name which is unconstitutional, immoral & illegal – a most derogatory term – Vidhwa (widow), have proved a big point? This utterance has been condemned by everyone and certainly not appreciated by anyone.”

In another tweet, he also attributed the BJP’s loss in these states to its leaders’ “arrogance, poor performance and over-ambition”. “Those who have lost, thanks to their arrogance, poor performance or over-ambition – also deserves heartfelt condolences. Hope wish and pray that wisdom & good sense prevails upon them soon….sooner the better. Long live democracy,” Sinha tweeted.

Former NDA ally and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha pointed out that “jumlebaazi was bound to get exposed one day”. He tweeted, “In a democracy, it is always the public interest that wins. Jumlebaazi was bound to get exposed one day. Heartiest congratulations to Rahul Gandhi for the victory.”

Yashwant Sinha, who quit the BJP earlier this year, said the election results had destroyed the “untenable theory of the Modi magic” and asserted that the outcome should be a springboard for opposition parties to unite for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

“The election results in five states destroyed the untenable theory of the Modi magic and will propel the opposition parties to bond better for the next Lok Sabha polls,” Sinha said. He said a second term for the Modi government would prove to be “disastrous” for the people.

Sinha, who has been vocal with his criticism of PM Modi, also suggested two alternatives for defeating the BJP in the general election. “A national-level pre-poll alliance of all opposition parties, including the Congress, should be formed to put up a one-to-one fight against the saffron party and stop division in anti-BJP votes.”