Rahul charges BJP with using unfair practices in recent elections
New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi, Congress vice-president, unlike most others in the country, did not give any credit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for astounding victory of the Bhartiya Janta Party in Uttar Pradesh and alleged that the success was achieved by the party by using "unfair practices".
"Polarisation by arousing communal passion was the main reason for its victory. The party tried to polarise the voters on communal line despite warning by the Supreme Court . It is unethical but the party indulged in this practice", he told media persons here on Tuesday.
Gandhi who was unavailable for comments on Saturday after the results were out and the party could bag only seven out of total 403 assembly seats in UP also charged the BJP with "undermining democracy in Goa and Manipur."
Criticising the Goa governor Mridula Sinha for inviting the BJP which was the second largest party to form government he said she should have invited the Congress first. Reminded that the Supreme Court has found nothing wrong with the governor's decision he chose not to go further on the issue.
Putting up a brave face he said his party has not done poorly as it has regained power in Punjab and become number one party in two other states. In UP and Uttarakhand it did not well but these ups and downs are part of the political game.
The Congress fared badly even though it had tied with the Sanajwadi Party and the campaigning was done, besides him, by her sister, Priyanka, who is claimed to be a popular figure among the youths.
The party has been losing one state after another since 2014 under his leadership but most of the party leaders shy away from blaming him for the debacle.
The party has won in Punjab in recent elections but the credit for it should go to 75-year-old party leader Captain Amarinder Singh who will take oath as Chief Minister on Thursday. The party was out of power in the state for ten years.