Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Patna were quite ecstatic on Tuesday on the party's showing in Karnataka Assembly polls in which the BJP emerged as the single biggest winner with 105 seats though falling short of simple majority to form the government on its own.
While Rahul Gandhi-led Congress scored victory on 76 seats followed by JD-S 39, the two party quickly announced forming alliance to keep the BJP at bay. Now it is up to Governor Vajubhai Vala to decide whether to invite the BJP, the single largest winning party, to try to form the government, or to the JD (S)-Congress alliance that combined has 115 seats in a 224-member Assembly.
NDA leaders in Patna celebrated BJP's victory in Karnataka by using firecrackers and sharing sweets in spite of the fact that the BJP may not, after all, asked to form the new government.
"It is only due to the great leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah that the BJP emerged as the single biggest party in Karnataka. People of India have repeatedly rejected the leadership of Congress President Rahul Gandhi and today's victory only confirms the nation has no intention of giving Congress another chance to ruin the country," BJP state President Nityanand Rai said.
Rai further said that Congress' poor show in Karnataka was a clear mandate against corruption and dynastic politics that Congress is known for.
Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, in a tweet, took shot at Rahul Gandhi saying he played the ultimate 'Dalit' card to attract voters but even that failed to give Congress a clear majority.
"I wonder if he will still go to temples as he did during the campaign phase of the election," Modi asked in reference to Rahul Gandhi's multiple visits to famous temples in South India to cement his 'Indian-ness' as the BJP had tried hard to project him and his mother Sonia Gandhi, an Italian by birth, to label them as 'foreigners'.
Janata Dal – U spokesperson Ajay Alok also took aim at the Congress saying it was time for Rahul Gandhi to forget about politics and visit Kailash Mansarovar as he had wished before the Karnataka elections.
Alok was alluding to a Gandhi statement in Delhi where the Congress leader recounted an incident involving a near-death experience when the plane he was flying from Delhi to Karnataka suddenly dipped nearly 8,000 feet giving the scare of his life.
"At that moment I wished if I would be able to visit Kailash Mansarovar for a few days after elections were over in Karnataka," he had said during the Akrosh Rally in Delhi.
Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey also chimed in with his praise for the Modi-Shah duo for winning at 25 out of 37 seats.
Mocking Congress for raising the specter of irregularities in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), Pandey said that this was the usual modus operandi of the Congress Party that wastes no time in blaming the machines that happen to be the same machines where they have emerged victorious.