Nanded polls show growing polarisation against Modi, says Congress

Nanded polls show growing polarisation against Modi, says Congress

New Delhi: The Nanded municipal poll results in Maharashtra that Congress swept would work as a "mirror" to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi that there was a growing polarisation against him and that people would reject his government's policies those are "inspired" by foreign powers, a senior Congress leader has said. "Yeh videshi shaktion se chalne wali sarkar ki bifalta hae (The Nanded polls results show defeat of a government which is being driven by foreign powers)," Mohan Prakash, AICC general secretary in-charge Maharashtra told UNI here. He said the election results in Nanded show "mirror" to Prime Minister Modi as all sections of society are slowly consolidating themselves against the BJP and the programmes and policies of the Modi Government. "He tweets on every given opportunities, but Nanded results have silenced him," said Mr Prakash. To a question, he maintained that most of the key economic decisions of the Modi Government is guided by "foreign influence". "Modi slapped demonetisation and rushed to Japan and embraced Abe Shinzo. He rolled out half-baked GST similarly just on the eve of US visit. People are rejecting these," he said. The Congress party views the outcome of Nanded municipal polls as a major morale-booster ahead of the crucial Assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Notably, Mr Prakash said the Congress has been in power in the civic body for nearly two decades now, and it still remained with the Congress despite the strong perceived 'Modi wave' in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. "In fact, we strengthened our position.The Congress won 73 out of a total 81 seats in the Nanded-Waghala Municipal Corporation, improving from the previous tally of 41," he said. Mr Prakash said, "Closer scrutiny of poll results and people's voting pattern suggest there is a polarisation happening against BJP and the Modi Government and people especially from minorities are coming back to the Congress". His observation was in reference to the fact that the Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Muslimeen (AIMIM), which had bagged 11 seats in minority-dominated areas last time, failed to win a single seat this time around. "Muslims and other marginalised sections have realised that the AIMIM cannot be an option for them to take on the BJP. This is a healthier sign," he said.

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