The issue-based campaign we ran in Gujarat will reap electoral rewards in coming days: Ashok Gehlot

Commenting on BJP’s below par performance in Gujarat, Randeep Surjewala said that Congress had just lost a front in a bigger battle against the BJP

NH Photo by Vipin
NH Photo by Vipin


Congress is proud of the issue-based campaign that it ran in Gujarat under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, party’s Gujarat affairs in-charge Ashok Gehlot said on Monday.

“In a way, it is a moral win for Congress. We campaigned on real issues, unlike the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),” Gehlot told reporters during a press briefing at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in New Delhi.

“PM Modi, on the other hand, appealed to voters’ emotions,” Gehlot said.

The Congress leader pointed out that PM Modi had even made personal remarks against former Congress President Sonia Gandhi, new party President Rahul Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh.

“We could have used similarly bad language against PM Modi. But it is not the Congress Party culture to do so,” Gehlot said.

Addressing reporters, Congress’ spokesperson Randeep Surjewala lauded the party performance in the recently-held elections, which is an improvement over Congress’ 2012 tally.

According to latest trends put out by the Election Commission of India (ECI), Congress is projected to win 81 seats in the state assembly.

“Our vote share has gone up to 41 per cent, while BJP’s has come down to 49 per cent,” Surjewala said.

He further informed reporters that six incumbent state ministers in Gujarat also lost the elections, besides defectors who had switched from Congress to the BJP.

“People have taught a lesson to those who claimed that BJP’s tally would cross the 150-mark,” Surjewala said, referring to BJP President Amit Shah’s promise in the lead-up to Gujarat polls.

“The ego of the people who claimed to win more than 150 seats has been shattered,” he added.

The Congress spokesperson remarked that the party has just “lost a front in the battle.”

Surjewala said that the results may be seen as a lesson for Congress, but they were a bigger lesson for the BJP.

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