It seems difficult for Congress Party ministers to digest Uttar Pradesh Election 2017 results. Congress leader Amrita Dhawan, on Saturday backed the Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and said that the big leaders who were in the fray are responsible for the defeat, not Rahul Gandhi. This came in the wake of party’s loss in the Uttar Pradesh Asssembly elections when Amrita decided to defend the loss on the behalf of Gandhi. “Jin bade netaon ne chunav ladwaya aur lada, haar ki zimmedari unpar aani chahiye, na ki Rahul Gandhiji par,” she said.
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Earlier in the day, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala also lashed out at BJP who always talked about Congress-free nation and said “Those who are talking about a nation free of Congress should retrospect. Congress is an integral part of India.” He also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership after the party’s defeat in Punjab and said, ” BJP Punjab mein haar rahi hai aur Goa CM apni seat se haar gaye; kya yeh Modiji ki leadership ki taraf ishara nahi hai? (BJP is losing from Punjab and Goa CM lost from his seat, does this not points out Modiji’s leadership?)”
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Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party is all set to form government in the hill state. The party has swept back to power in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, giving Prime Minister Narendra Modi his biggest victory after the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The 2017 Assembly Election results had all eyes on Uttar Pradesh where Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party faced a tough challenge from Bharatiya Janata Party despite joining hands with the Congress. The last time BJP managed to get the 2/3rd majority was in 1991 when it got 221 seats at the height of Ram Janam Bhoomi movement. In 2012, Samajwadi Party got a clear mandate by winning 224 seats while Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party finished second with 80 seats. This year BJP has a clear majority after 26 years, it must now prove that they can turn around the state and make it one of the more developed states.