Mumbai: Former chief minister and MP Ashok Chavan on Thursday said that the election result of Nanded-Waghala Municipal Corporation showed that the return journey of the Congress in State politics has begun, as the Congress won more than 71 seats in the civic election, where the BJP faced a major debacle.
Nanded is the home turf of Congress leader and former chief minister Ashok Chavan and he has a stronghold in the Nanded-Waghala Municipal Corporation too. After the election results were declared and the trend showed that the Congress is winning, Chavan said that the public had expressed their anger against the government through the ballot.
Chavan's immediate reaction was that the return journey of Congress has started and this will spread across the State and country gradually, very soon.
"The chief minister mislead the people in gram panchayat election, showing wrong figures through Twitter. It was game to create a perception, but they failed," said Chavan.
"There is anger among people against the government over the hike in diesel rate, farmers' suicides, loan waiver for farmers and overall inflation. In urban areas, there is unrest about the implementation of GST," he said.
"Now, the voters have become clever and didn't respond to the BJP's game of polarisation," Chavan said.
"All regional parties vanished in the election and it was proved that only Congress can compete with BJP at the national level," he said.
Meanwhile, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said that the BJP misused power for the election. "The voters showed them their place in the election," said Malik.
However, Subhash Patil Nilangekar said that he accepted the failure. "Though the BJP lost the election, our voting percentage has increased compared to last assembly and parliament elections," he said.