Mumbai: After Congress increased the number of seats it won in Gujarat, the Shiv Sena praised the newly elected Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday. Though Shiv Sena could not win a single seat in Gujarat election, senior Sena leader and MP Sanjay Raut said that these results are a ringing bell for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that without small parties and partners, it cannot move ahead in politics. The BJP would form a government in Gujarat as they have a majority, but the small margin of victory also showed the mood of the nation.
He further attacked the BJP and explained that those who think that no development happened in the country in the previous 60 years and that the country has progressed only in the past three years it is an epitome of foolishness. The Shiv Sena contested 41 seats in Gujarat Assembly polls but failed to open its account in the neighbouring State.
“Going by the mandate, it is now clear that Gujarat which showed the path of victory to the BJP and also showed them the mood of the nation too,” he said. “The Gujarat model on the basis of which, the BJP came into power, now looks like the Modi wave seems to have receded,” Raut said.
“It was never our agenda to defeat the BJP, we are there to guide it. But Gujarat election has given a warning to the BJP that without an ally, it cannot move ahead in politics,” said Raut. “The BJP should keep this in mind during the 2019 election,” he added.
While Devendra Fadnavis said that the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh showed faith in the BJP, which indicates that the people of the nation also believe in Narendra Modi’s leadership and his politics.
“The BJP is in power in Gujarat for last 22 years and could still get 50 per cent of votes is also a big thing. It shows that there is a clear verdict for BJP,” said Fadnavis.
While Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray refused to comment on Gujarat election, the party’s mouthpiece Saamana praised Congress Chief, Rahul Gandhi.
It said that the 47-year-old Amethi MP has taken over the reins of the grand old party at a crucial stage. “Rahul Gandhi has accepted the responsibility as Congress president at a crucial stage. There should be no objection in wishing him all the best,” said an editorial of Saamana. “Who knows, a new history may be put forth that India gained independence only in the last one year and that the independence struggle of 150 years was a lie,” it claimed.