A Bharatiya Janata Party MLA on Friday blamed the ministers in the Yogi Adityanath government for the party's humiliation in Uttar Pradesh by-polls, while another dejected lawmaker resorted to poetry.
UP minister Om Prakash Rajbhar, who heads BJP ally Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party, said corruption and laxity by officials in implementing welfare schemes were also responsible for the by-poll defeats.
Surendra Singh, BJP MLA from Bairia constituency (Ballia district), said if certain ministers in the state cabinet are not removed, the party's downfall in UP is certain.
The other BJP MLA, Shyam Prakash from Gopamau (SC) in Hardoi, posted a satirical poem on Facebook.
'First it was Gorakhpur and Phulpur, and now it is Kairana and Noorpur,' the poem began, recalling the string of by-poll losses suffered by the BJP in UP this year.
In the by-poll results announced on Thursday, a combined Opposition wrested Kairana parliamentary and Noorpur assembly constituencies from the BJP.
"For the losses in the bypolls, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is less responsible. But his ministers are more responsible for the defeat," Surendra Singh told reporters on Friday.
"The style of working of more than 50 per cent of the ministers in Adityanath government is not proper. They do not give any importance to party workers,” he said.
"If these minister continue to remain in office, the party's downfall in the state is certain," he added.
Singh said if the grievances of the poor people are not heard at police stations, tehsil offices and block offices, they will not vote for the BJP.
He said the expected improvement had not taken place at these levels, and this could lead to the party's defeat.
"The BJP government has not been able to give a transparent government," the MLA said.
He said he also endorsed the view of senior Janata Dal-United leader K C Tyagi that the rising prices of petrol and diesel were responsible for the BJP's defeat in the recent by-elections.
Gopamau MLA Shyam Prakash's poem in Hindi said the party came to power invoking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but could not deliver up to the people's expectations.
'Modi naam se paa gaye raaj, kar naa sake janta man kaaj,' it read.
He said the poem does not target the chief minister.
"All I want to convey is that the officials are not working as per the intention of the chief minister," he told PTI.
"I am of the view that government officials are still indulging in acts of corruption. Common people and BJP workers are feeling harassed," he said.
"I have no complaints against the government or the Sangh. But it seems that there is no control on government officials. Corruption has increased," Shyam Prakash said added.
"The thoughts roaming in the mind assumed the shape of poetry, and I had never expected that the poem will go viral," he said.
"At times, a novice too delivers an out-of-the-box item," he said.
"The defeat of the party in the bypolls also signals a possible threat on the future of the MLAs. It was a sad thing for us," he said, explaining why he wrote the poem.
UP minister and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party president Om Prakash Rajbhar said the failure to publicise the work done by the state government led to the bye-election defeats.
"Besides caste groupism, our failure to properly publicise our welfare work for the poor and the backward was the reason for the defeat," Rajbhar said.
The minister alleged that laxity by officials who failed to implement welfare schemes and their corruption were also responsible.
He also referred to payment of dues to sugarcane farmers, but said the bypolls will have no effect on the coming Lok Sabha election.