Published: Fri, December 22, 2017
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Ignore Rahul, build the party, Modi tells BJP

Ignore Rahul, build the party, Modi tells BJP

In the Assembly elections, the results for which were declared on Monday, the Congress could not wrest power from the BJP even though its tally increased to 77 seats from 61 last time.

The Congress performed well in rural areas of Gujarat but failed to make a significant mark in the urban pockets.

Gandhi, who campaigned extensively in the state for the Assembly elections, will address a gathering after the "chintan shivir", Solanki said. The BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had used the alleged scam to the hilt while mounting a fierce campaign against the Congress in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

The recently elected Congress President Rahul Gandhi had said that the Gujarat results were a moral victory for his party, asserting that the Congress had won most seats since 1985, while the BJP had won the lowest since 1990. The venue for the concluding day of the camp has also been shifted from Saffrony Resort in Mehsana to the Gujarat University Convention Hall in Ahmedabad. "He said the work at the booth level is most important, beside people's blessings to the party, for creating a wave in its favour". Several party workers said that local BJP leaders even announced the number of votes a day before counting.

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After interacting with party workers, Solanki said the "overall perception of the Congress leaders was that corrupt and unfair means were used in winning the elections".

After winning Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah has started focusing on Mission Karnataka. The Congress Party's vote share has gone up, as I have just mentioned, by 11 percentage points. "They will have to take other parties along if they have to defeat BJP and (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi", said Malik adding Congress has no option but to cobble up an alliance of Opposition parties. The CWC will accord a warm welcome to the new president and likely discuss the current political situation, including the ramifications of the Congress's strong performance in the Gujarat Assembly polls for the party in future. The victory in Gujarat was a big achievement, to be voted back for a sixth consecutive term was not an easy thing. "In States like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, where there is a straight fight between BJP and Congress, the latter will benefit", Maharashtra NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said.

The leaders in individual submissions said that BJP candidates spent a large amount of money in supplying liquor, disbursement of cash and also "saris" to virtually "buy voters" on the eve of the polling in the first as well as the second phase of the elections.

"We lost, but we could have won.But fell short by a small margin", he said.

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