Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fielded Union Minister Prakash Javadekar to highlight its performance in the local body elections in Maharashtra. In order to project its performance and claim that its popularity is still intact in the state, the ruling BJP brought the results of sarpanch election into the light, as per the report by the Indian Express. The results were declared on Monday. Javadekar while addressing the media at the BJP headquarters on Tuesday said that the party’s electoral performance in BJP-ruled Maharashtra has been consistently good. He was quoted by the Indian Express as saying, “BJP has won 1,457-gram panchayats whereas the Congress could only win 301. This was an election in rural Maharashtra. Our performance shows that farmers, daily wage workers, labourers and villagers still stand by the BJP. It was a pure village election.”
The minister also underlined BJP’s success in Gujarat and said that the party had won a majority of by-elections to local bodies in Gujarat as well. The Union minister asserted that the people vote for BJP because they approve the government under the leadership of Narendra Modi. “At the ground level, people elect the BJP because they approve of the government under the leadership of Narendra Modi. It is a reverse scenario for the Congress. Even in their meeting, people chant Modi’s name,” Javadekar said. He also said that BJP’s prospects in the upcoming state elections in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka are still bright because of the credibility enjoyed by the party and the PM.
Javadekar also took a dig at Rahul Gandhi and said that Congress vice-president does politics through tweets. “Rahul Gandhi does politics through tweets. It is bankruptcy if you have only tweets and not the ground reality to support your politics,” he said.