Patna, Nov 9: Former Bihar chief minister and a constituent of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, Jitan Ram Manjhi lashed out at the saffron party and its ideological parent, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, alleging the loose statements made by its leaders responsible for the devastating loss of their coalition in Bihar.

Manjhi expressed disgust over the comments made by Amit Shah in his rally ahead of the fourth phase of elections. “Amit Shah ji should had avoided saying that ‘crackers will burst in Pakistan’. There was absolutely no need for it,” said Manjhi, whose political outfit Hindustan Awami Morcha made a debut in this election. (ALSO READ: BJP’s defeat in Bihar elections due to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s reservation remark, says MP Hukumdev Narayan Yadav)

Condemning the contentious opinion of RSS sarsangchalak Mohan Bhagwat on reservation, Manjhi said, “This should not had been said by him. Timing of his quota review statement was wrong and damaged our prospects leading in to the polls.”

The rebel JD(U) leader also expressed disappointment over the decision of BJP to adopt subtle communalism as a theme of their electoral campaign. “Beef issue should not had been raised at the first place. It was unnecessarily prolonged. It backfired on us,” he added. Manjhi’s party HAM offered tickets to nine Muslim candidates out the 20 contested. It hoped to make inroads in the Muslim community. Interestingly, even the Musahars and other section of Mahadalits were displeased by the statements made by BJP leaders against beef-eaters.