1. Gujarat election result 2017: BJP says victory will have far-reaching impact on West Bengal

Gujarat election result 2017: BJP says victory will have far-reaching impact on West Bengal

Bharatiya Janata Party national general secretary Kailash Vijayvergiya today said the election results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh would have a far reaching impact on the politics of West Bengal.

By: | New Delhi | Published: December 18, 2017 9:38 PM
gujarat assembly elections, gujarat assembly elections 2017, west bengal, bjp, west bengal bjp West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said Banerjee should concentrate on state instead of giving opinion on Gujarat polls. (Reuters)

Bharatiya Janata Party national general secretary Kailash Vijayvergiya today said the election results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh would have a far reaching impact on the politics of West Bengal. Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should lament that BJP has won, said Vijayvergiya who is the party’s in-charge of the state.

“Our victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh will have impact all over the country. It will also have far reaching impact in Bengal politics,” Vijayvergiya told PTI.

Referring to Banerjee’s tweet that the win is a moral defeat for the BJP, the senior saffron party said she had wanted the party to lose in Gujarat, “so instead of tweeting against the BJP, Mamata Banerjee should lament that we won the election.”

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said Banerjee should concentrate on West Bengal instead of giving opinion on Gujarat polls.

“Our next target is Bengal. We want to free the people of Bengal from the misrule of the TMC,” Ghosh said.

Notably, today, BJP chief Amit Shah today blamed Congress’s “caste politics” for his party’s lowest tally in Gujarat since 1996, but cited the rise in its vote share and the sixth straight victory in the state to assert that the people had chosen its “politics of performance”.

Citing his party’s winning streak since it came to power at the Centre in May, 2014, he said the BJP would win the 2019 Lok Sabha poll with a strong majority, and the people would help realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of a “New India” by 2022.

He rejected suggestions that it was a “kante ki takkar” (close fight) in Modi’s and his home state, saying that the BJP’s vote share was eight per cent more that of the Congress.

“A gap of 8 per cent does not imply a close fight,” he said at a press conference held after it became clear that the BJP would form another government in Gujarat and wrest power from the Congress in Himachal Pradesh.

With the Congress claiming “moral victory” after putting up its strongest show in the saffron bastion since 1985, when it had 149 seats and had formed a government, Shah accused it of “lowering the political discourse”, claiming this was the lowest form of campaign he had witnessed in his career.

The twin verdicts were a defeat of the “politics of dynasty, casteism and appeasement” and a win for his party’s politics of performance, he said, adding that Indian democracy was entering a new era.

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