New Delhi: Hitting back, BJP on Friday asked Congress to stop blaming it for the desertion by its MLAs in Arunachal Pradesh, saying it has become a "sinking boat" with leaders leaving as they have lost faith in the leadership.
"Chief minister and MLAs have left the Congress party and formed a new party in Arunachal Pradesh. It is good for Arunachal Pradesh and bad for Congress. Who is responsible for this. See the state of Congress; one after another senior leader is leaving the party. The reason for this is that they have lost faith in the leadership. They are all tired of their leadership," Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said.
"Whom will Congress blame now? Whom will they criticise now? Congress party should tell us why this happened. We have been telling from the beginning that all is not well within Congress in Arunachal," he said.
BJP's earlier attempt to topple the Congress government there came unstuck after the Supreme Court reinstated it and Friday's development has given the saffron party much to cheer about.
Naidu accused Congress of putting forth "wrong facts" in the Supreme Court and claimed that BJP's stand has been vindicated.
"What was our point has been vindicated...The Congressmen left their party and formed a regional party. They have realised that Congress has become a sinking boat so everybody is trying to come out of that boat," he said.
The party's national secretary Shrikant Sharma said Congress should introspect instead of blaming it for the crisis in its organisation.
"We always said that it was an internal feud of the Congress. Its leaders from Rahul Gandhi to others down the line blamed us for their crisis. What has happened today has only proved us right," he said.