PATNA: The JD-U headed by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar suffered the humiliating defeat in the just-concluded Gujarat assembly elections with the party losing the security deposits on 90 percent of the seats.
The JD-U had fielded candidates on a total of 36 seats in Gujarat this time. Out of these, the party forfeited its security deposits on 32 seats whereas it somehow managed to save its prestige on remaining four seats.
What was further embarrassing, most of the JD-U candidates polled votes in hundreds, such as 103, 153, 170, 234, 361, 396, 411, 656 and 489 while one of the candidates Mohammad Farooq could not even cross hundred and polled only 82 votes, according to media reports .
The JD-U had entered the poll fray on its own as its ally, the BJP which emerged as the winner in the elections, didn’t involve its Bihar partner in its seat-sharing deal and spared no seats to its partner.
However, the party leadership claims they are happy with the performance of the party.
“We are happy with our performance. We just wanted to publicise our poll symbol and party programmes,” JD-U general secretary KC Tyagi was quoted as saying in the local media today.
This was the second time in quick succession that the JD-U had suffered such humiliating defeat in the Gujarat elections.
In the last Gujarat elections, the JD-U had fielded candidates on 35 seats out of which the party had lost its security deposits on 34 seats.