Gujarat poll results 2017: P Chidambaram praises Congress’ performance, calls it morale booster

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New Delhi | Published: December 18, 2017 10:46:01 PM

The Congress gave a morale-boosting performance in Gujarat and the battle will now be for five states in 2018, senior party leader P Chidambaram said on Monday.

P Chidambaram. (PTI)

The Congress gave a morale-boosting performance in Gujarat and the battle will now be for five states in 2018, senior party leader P Chidambaram said on Monday. The former Finance Minister took to Twitter and in a series of tweets congratulated the BJP for their win in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections but said that Congress has returned a morale-boosting performance in Gujarat under the party president Rahul Gandhi. “The battle is now joined for five states in 2018,” he said. Assembly elections are due in Karnataka, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Mizoram in 2018. The former finance and home minister said there is an electoral victory and there is a political victory in the results of the two states. “Need I say who is the political victor in Gujarat. What a victory! In Gujarat, the winner limped across the finish line with a young sprinter close on his heels,” he tweeted.

The BJP won the Gujarat Assembly polls for a record sixth straight victory today and evicted the Congress in Himachal Pradesh. The ‘Lotus’ bloomed in 99 seats in Gujarat whereas 41 seats in Himachal Pradesh.

Meanwhile, Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani, who won the assembly polls from Vadgam in Gujarat, said on Monday that the country is ready for a change in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as the BJP could get only 99 seats despite its repeated claims of winning 150. “The country is ready for a change. That’s why against the target of 150 seats you could manage to win only 99. And it is just the beginning. A storm will come for a change,” Mevani said in a tweet.

Mewani’s tweet was an apparent reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on Monday in which he said that the country was ready for economic reforms. Mevani also took potshots at Modi in a Facebook post by referring to Vadnagar, the hometown of the Prime Minister. “The people of Vadgam has given a reply to the one from Vadnagar. In 2-4 days a road show from Vadgam to Vadnagar will be arranged and an agitation of cleanliness workers will be planned,” he said.

Mevani had said on Saturday that he will organise a 50-km road show from Vadgam to Vadnagar. Mevani had contested the polls as an independent and was backed by the Congress. The 36-year old Dalit leader also vowed to raise issues concerning farmers and labourers in the state assembly. Mevani has led a movement in Gujarat for the empowerment of Dalits, who comprise about seven percent of the state’s population.

He became the face of the Dalit backlash after four Dalit youths at Una in Gujarat were whipped by cow vigilantes.

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