Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha today reacted sharply to party colleague Kailash Vijayvargiya's dog analogy on him even as more disgruntled voices emerged from within BJP over its massive defeat in Bihar polls.
"People want my reaction to Vijayvargiya's remark. My reaction to small or big flies in any party is "Haathi chale Bihar,....Bhaunken hazaar" (many bark but the caravan moves on)," Shatrughan Sinha said in his tweet message as a sharp riposte to BJP general secretary's remark.
BJP Lok Sabha member from Patna Sahib, Sinha popularly known as "Bihari Babu", been vocal throughout Bihar elections raising weakeness of the party and praising CM Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad which left party leaders in a difficult situation.
Yesterday he went to meet Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD President Lalu Prasad to congratulate them on grand secular alliance landslide victory in elections.
Sinha's utterances triggered vicious comment from senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya who likened the sulking MP to a dog.
Meanwhile, BJP MP from Begusarai Bhola Singh said, "BJP not only lost in Bihar but got drowned in knee deep water."
Singh, second term MP who has complained of not been given his due by the party even in his own Begusarai constituency, also blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Amaryadit" (undignified comments) for the poll debacle .
BJP-led NDA lost on all seven Assembly seats in Begusarai to the grand secular alliance.
An angry Singh blamed "Senapati" for Bihar poll debacle. Though he did not name anybody but apparently hinted at both state and central leadership.
Singh also vented his anger against Union Minister of State and Nawada MP Giriraj Singh for talking about beef and firecrackers in Pakistan which he said people took as an affront on them.
Senior BJP leader Amrendra Pratap Singh, who lost in Ara, admitted, "our social equation was smaller and less effective than that of grand secular alliance of JD(U), RJD and Congress".
Amrendra, a four time MLA from Ara and who was Deputy Speaker in the outgoing Assembly, lost in his fifth outing to his JD rival.
Earlier, Madhya Pradesh MLA Vijayvargiya had responded with a dog analogy when asked to comment on Sinha's remarks that the Bihar poll outcome could have been different if he had been projected as the chief ministerial candidate.
"When a car moves, a dog moves under it too, the dog believes that the car is moving because of me. This party is not dependent on one person, it's a whole organisation and there's a big hierarchy here. Those who are out of it were on a 'Maun Vrat' and now they are speaking," Vijayvargiya, a former minister in Madhya Pradesh, said.
Sinha has been critical of the BJP leadership, particularly those in the Bihar unit, after he was left out of the campaign for the Assembly polls, and has said he was "deliberately" sidelined.