Non-BJP opposition parties and NDA ally Shiv Sena on Monday said a "strong" anti-Congress mood was reflected in the outcome of the recent Assembly polls even as former saffron ally JD(U) rubbished the 'Modi factor' in BJP winning three of the four states.
JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the same time said people will prefer a third party if there is an alterative to Congress and BJP and pointed to the spectacular showing of the fledgling Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) in the Delhi Assembly elections.
Kumar while agreeing that the result of the assembly polls in four states was 'anti-Congress' said there is no reason for BJP to "jump in joy" which was evident in its 'below par' performance in Delhi.
Shiv Sena hailed the win of its ally BJP in three states and said it is a step towards "revolution" and also praised AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal for his party's stunning debut.
Taking a dig at the Congress, which got a drubbing in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Delhi, the Sena in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana' said the results showed how weak the base of the Congress has become.
The CPI(M) politburo said BJP was the beneficiary of the "strong anti-Congress mood" barring in Delhi where the AAP emerged as a "credible alternative".
CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury was of the view that people were angry with the policies of the Congress and in search of an alternative.
"There is no doubt that the results in Assembly elections in four states are anti-Congress. But there is no reason for BJP to jump in joy," Kumar told reporters in Patna.
"There is no wave in favour of BJP ... The results show that BJP performance will be dismal in the Lok Sabha elections."
"The gamble BJP took (by appointing Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate) has doomed it ... Delhi is the test case of this," Kumar who led JD(U) to sever ties with BJP after 17 years over the elevation of Modi said.
Referring to poll results in Delhi, he said it threw up a 'below par' performance by BJP when they should have easily gained two-third majority in the event of rout of Congress.
"The writing is clear on the wall for BJP too ... It will get a deep shock in 2014 Parliamentary elections as the Delhi assembly election result indicates," Kumar said.
Referring to AAP's showing, Kumar said wherever there will be an alternative other than BJP it will gain from anti-Congress mood in place of that party.
"Since there was no other alternative to Congress other than BJP in MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh it won. But in Delhi, where AAP was a third option, BJP failed to form the government despite the 'profound anti-Congress environment," he said.
Congratulating AAP, he said "it reaped the benefit of anti-corruption agitation of Gandhian Anna Hazare." Kumar said it appeared that BJP appears to have lost its influence in Delhi, from where its founding organisation Jan Sangh had started work. "Delhi will write its(BJP's) epitaph in the days to come."
Continuing his attack on BJP, Kumar said only one goal could be achieved at a time. "They (BJP) thought Congress is unpopular so it can be removed and they can sit on the chair.
But, this was the mistake (chosing Modi as PM candidate) whose result they have tasted in Delhi by ruining the chance to form government there."
Asked about the Third Front and if he was in talks with leaders in this regard, Kumar answered in the negative.
Minutes after Kumar rejected any 'Modi factor' in the Assembly polls, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said the chief minister was suffering from the 'Ostrich syndrome'.
"Shutururg ki tarah ankhe band kar lene se andhi nahi rukti" (Just by shutting eyes like an Ostrich, windstorm does not stop)," Sushil Modi told reporters in Patna.
"Had not it been Modi effect, BJP could not have saved Chhattisgarh fort and won maximum seats in Delhi," Sushil Modi said.
Targeting Congress, the CPI-M said the defeat is more resounding as Congress could not dislodge BJP from the governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh where the latter has been in power for ten years.
Yechury said people were searching for an alternative who could provide solution to their day-to-day problems.
"This (results) mean there is a huge anger against the policies of the Congress. How they express that anger depends on whether there is an alternative. Where there was an alternative, like in Delhi, it benefited. Where there was no alternative, the opposition party gained," Yechury said.