Still smarting from the way he was checkmated in the Goa Assembly elections 2017 despite beating the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 17 to 13 in terms of elected representatives in the House, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh today lashed out at reporters and said, “Narendra Modi is not god, he can be stopped.” While Congress’ performance in the 5 states that went into elections was terrible, especially in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand where it was drubbed badly, it did win Punjab under Capt Amarinder Singh, while it emerged as the single-largest party in Manipur and Goa, yet it managed to form a government only in one state while the other 2 where it emerged as No. 1 were snatched by the BJP with allegations of wrongdoing, bribes flying thick and fast – the Congress especially targetted Union Minister Nitin Gadkari who has allegedly been accused of jetting into Goa with ‘suitcases full of cash’. That the BJP was bent on installing its government in Goa and Manipur was clear from the fact that on day of results declaration party President Amit Shah had announced his party would be forming the government there. The bitter after-effects of the entire issue is still bothering Digvijaya who said that his party is unwilling to accept this turn of events. He announced, “Going to raise in Parliament and petition to the President on conduct of Governor, Goa.” It should be remembered that Congress, since Independence, has been using similar tactics, of bypassing parties who have won majority or sacked them outrightly and the only difference is that the shoe is on the other foot.
When pressed for his reaction on what it will take to beat the rampant BJP, Digvijay seemed to concede the fact that the Congress was not yet strong enough to put up a credible challenge, but put up a brave face to say, “Narendra Modi is not god, he can be stopped. For that political will is needed among parties who are against communal forces.”
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After the fiasco during the Goa floor test yesterday, when Manohar Parrikar easily won despite the Congress prophesying doom for him by calling him a 2-day chief ministerial wonder, Digvijaya stayed mum, but reacted to the in-fighting in Congress question by reacting to the MLA Vishvajeet Rane row by saying, “Yesterday at 10 am he signed on the whip, and at 12 pm he was absent during floor test.”