New Delhi: Gujarat Assembly election result is a “moral victory” for his the Congress party and a “big jolt” for the BJP. Rahul Gandhi term this result very positive for his party. It sends a message to Narendra Modi that “your anger will not work, you can be defeated by love.”
In his first comments since results were announced yesterday, the Congress president attacked the Prime Minister for saying that the BJP’s win in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh signals the people’s approval of his government’s reforms. “This election, which Narendra Modi called election of development, and said it put a stamp on GST… But he did not speak about development, GST and notes ban in his election speeches. It has raised questions about Modij i’s credibility. Frankly, Modi ji has a credibility problem,” Mr Gandhi told reporters outside parliament.
While the BJP may have won Gujarat again, the state has rejected PM Modi’s model of development as “good marketing, but shallow,” he said, adding, the Congress, “didn’t win, but never mind. The result was good for us.”
Union minister and senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar quickly hit back, referring to Congress in Gujarat, when he said, “They go around saying development has gone mad. That is because they probably don’t understand it… How will they understand the development model, if they go about calling it names… clearly they are speaking in a state of shock and denial.”
Mr. Javadekar said Rahul Gandhi is “clueless on how to compete with PM Modi.”
The BJP has retained Gujarat, but by a much lower margin of victory than last time, with the Congress posting its best result since 1985 in the state on Monday. The BJP crossed the majority mark at 92 seats but stopped one seat short of 100 in the 182-member Gujarat assembly. The Congress has narrowed the gap between the two parties, winning 80 seats, 19 more than last time.
News Source: NDTV