The Bharatiya Janata Party lost the Delhi Assembly elections to freebies announced by the Aam Aadmi Party government and lack of a suitable leader to challenge Arvind Kejriwal, according to Karnataka BJP spokesperson G. Madhusudhana.
“As you have no match to Narendra Modi at the national level, we could not put up a match to Kejriwal,” Madhusudhana said.
Kejriwal’s freebies, like free water and power, helped him defeat the BJP in Delhi where majority of the population belonged to middle and lower middle class,” he said.
By winning 53.57 per cent vote, the AAP won 62 Assembly seats in the 70-member Assembly, relegating the BJP to just eight seats and 38.51 per cent votes.
According to him, Muslim votes consolidated in favour of the AAP and it also got Dalit votes, both constituting a sizeable chunk.
Madhusudhana also mocked the Congress for committing suicide in the Delhi in its attempt to defeat Modi. “Of course, Congress has committed suicide. I have never seen this,” he said.
The Congress failed to win a single seat and its votes share declined to 4.26 per cent.
Twenty-four hours after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was routed in Delhi Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was at his usual aggressive avatar on Wednesday, hitting out at the opposition.
However, he remained tight-lipped on the party’s poll debacle in the national capital while speaking at a Times Now Summit here on Wednesday.
In fact, he largely steered clear of making any political points and focussed more on the state of Indian economy.
Showing no effect of the loss in Delhi, Modi showcased his economic vision for India. Throwing his weight behind Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, he reiterated his vision of making India a $5 trillion economy.
“Now India aims to expand its economy to $5 trillion in the next five years. This goal is not easy, but not that it cannot be achieved,” Modi said.
Hailing the recently announced Union Budget, the Prime Minister said, “There is another area in our country that governments have been very hesitant to put their hands on. It is the tax system. There was no change in this for years. Till now, we have dominated the process centric tax system. Now it is being made citizen centric.”
However, making the process transparent has left many “unhappy”, Modi added.
Urging people to be more dutiful, the Prime Minister said that he wants to make India a tax complaint society.
“When so many people do not pay tax, find ways of not paying tax, it falls upon those who pay tax honestly. Therefore, I would like to urge every Indian to introspect in this matter,” Modi said. (IANS)