New Delhi: As trends emerging from the counting of votes showed the BJP on the backfoot in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and faring rather poorly in Madhya Pradesh too, a party  MP spoke out about its performance, said ANI. (Catch LIVE Updates of Assembly Election Results Here)

BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Kakade said, “I knew we would lose in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. But MP trends have come as a surprise. I think we forgot the issue of development that Modi took up in 2014. Ram Mandir, statues & name-changing became the focus.”

Earlier, senior party leader and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had refused to get drawn into a discussion on what led to BJP’s dismal performance and said trends didn’t always translate into actual results. He said that what did become clear from the trends what that Praja Kutami, or the grand alliance, was rejected by the people of Telangana.

Meanwhile, TMC leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also came down heavily on the BJP. Taking to social media on Tuesday, Banerjee said, “People voted against the BJP. This is the people’s verdict and the victory of the people of this country.”

Banerjee went on to hail the Congress’ surge as the “victory of democracy and victory against injustice, atrocities, destruction of institutions, misuse of agencies, no work for poor people, farmers, youth, Dalits, SC, ST, OBC, minorities and general caste.” She said, “The semifinal proves that the BJP is nowhere in all the states. This is a real democratic indication of 2019 final match. Ultimately, people are always the ‘man of the match’ of democracy. My congrats to the winners.”