New Delhi: Congress spokesperson R.S. Surjewala commended the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on their astounding victory in the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Assembly Elections, stating the party must now ensure that their commitments to the people of the two states are fulfilled.
Addressing the media at a press conference here today, Surjewala assured that the party will constructively support the new BJP government in the aforementioned states.
“The BJP must ensure that farmer loans are waived off, as promised. We also hope that the party rises above its politics of ‘shamshaan and kabristaan’. Additionally, the farmers must get an additional 50 percent after profit, as promised and there should be an increase in job opportunities,” he said.
Dismissing Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s claims of the November 8-demonetisation move being the driving force of the BJP’s victory in UP and Uttarakhand, Surjewala responded the party’s loss in the other three states, namely Punjab, Goa and Manipur is a symbol of the fact that the results are not a referendum on the demonetisation drive.
“The Congress’ victory in the other three states is a befitting reply to those who have relentlessly campaigned for a Congress-free India. Congress is not just about politics; it is a nurtured thought. We are indebted to the people of Punjab, Goa and Manipur who have helped us emerge victorious. We also thank our party workers, who have constantly supported us in UP and Uttarakhand,” he added.
Taking a dig at Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati’s remarks on the authenticity of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), Surjewala urged the Election Commission to publically provide a clear clarification on this issue, since it is raising doubts on the transparency of an ‘intrinsic democratic procedure’.
The BJP has established a clear majority in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, while the Congress took center stage in Punjab.
Surjewala claimed that the Congress is inching towards victory in Goa and Manipur Assembly Elections as well. (ANI)