Karnataka victory gives Congress strength to attack BJP

Karnataka victory gives Congress strength to attack BJP

As its victory in Karnataka gave the Congress a rare occasion for celebration, an otherwise beleaguered party on Wednesday was quick to seize the moment to launch tirade against the BJP.

 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the poll results was a clear verdict against the ideology of the Bharatiya Janata Party. “It is a clear result against the ideology of the BJP which has been ruling Karnataka," he told reporters outside Parliament House, tacitly taking a dig at the BJP’s Hindutva face and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi, who failed to brighten the poll prospects of his party in the State. Hailing the Congress victory, Singh gave its credit to Nehru-Gandhi family scion, saying the Rahul Gandhi had taken a "leading role" in holding poll campaigns in the State.

Buoyed by the Congress’ performance in Karnataka polls, the Prime Minister went on further to suggest that BJP would meet similar fate in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections too. “The people of the country know what is what and they will reject the BJP ideology as the result in Karnataka shows.”

Congress president Sonia Gandhi too expressed her happiness over her party’s victory in Karnataka polls and gave its credit to the “joint efforts” made by her party’s central and state leaders and workers.

“I am very happy with the victory. It was a joint effort... “she said when her comments were sought. The Congress victory in the Karnataka polls have come at a time when it is under attack from the BJP-led Opposition on a series of alleged scams, including the most recent case of bribery for appointment in Indian Railways.
Hailing the party's victory, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said, “we can promise the people of Karnataka that we will give a stable government, a progressive government and a hard-working government in the next five years.”

To a question about the financial situation in Karnataka, Chidamabaram said, “we need to retrieve it.” Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh described his party’s performance in Karnataka as a “victory of inclusive growth” and “defeat of communalism”, rejecting the suggestions that it was a Narendra Modi versus Rahul Gandhi fight in the state.

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