Pakistan also part of opposition's grand alliance efforts, says BJP

Many in Pakistan want Rahul Gandhi to be India's prime minister, says BJP

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday took a sarcastic dig at the opposition parties' move to stitch a united front ahead of the general elections, saying Pakistan was also a part of those efforts.

“The Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) is being formed to break India. Pakistan is one of the most important components of this Mahagathbandhan,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra told news agency ANI.

There are several powers in Pakistan who want Rahul Gandhi to be the prime minister, he said.

Patra's comment came a day after BSP chief Mayawati announced that her party would not forge an alliance with the Congress "at any cost" for the upcoming Assembly polls in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

Shortly after Mayawati's announcement on Wednesday, BJP attacked the Congress, saying forging a coalition was not in the DNA of the opposition party.

"With whom the Congress allies is entirely their business, but in light of concerns and pain of Mayawati, I can only say that coalition is not a part of the Congress DNA. They only give importance to the family," Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said.

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav also took a dig at the opposition over its unity efforts.

"Mahagathbandhan in 'progress'. First AAP and now BSP calling the bluff. Mayawati says Congress arrogant, a new revelation for her, and declares no alliance in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan too. Chhattisgarh already dumped," he tweeted on Wednesday.