Gloom in BJP as Congress in Rajasthan celebrates

December 8th, 2008 - 2:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyJaipur, Dec 8 (IANS) Rajasthan’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was introspecting on what went wrong as celebrations began at the Congress office here Monday with the party headed for power in the 200-member assembly. With the Congress leading 99-69, its activists sang and danced outside the party office shouting slogans like “Aye Aye Congress Aye” (Congress has come), “Rahul Gandhi Zindabad” and “Sonia Gandhi Zindabad” to drumbeats.

“We have come back… we are going to form the government. We are very happy,” Rajesh Chaudhary, an excited Congress worker, told IANS.

“It shows that Rajasthan voters have rejected the BJP government and its claim of development. We are going to have a majority,” added Satyendra Raghav, the state spokesperson of the Congress.

Similar celebrations were seen outside former chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s residence.

“The people have given their verdict. The voters have voted against poor governance,” Gehlot told reporters.

Asked who would be the next chief minister, Gehlot said a leader was chosen democratically and the Congress would announce the name at an appropriate time.

“It is clear that the people were fed up with the government,” Dausa MP and Congress leader Sachin Pilot said in New Delhi.

“It is sad. The results have been depressing in Rajasthan,” party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad added in the national capital.

His colleague Arun Chaturvedi, the BJP state spokesperson, had begun the analysis.

“The rebel factor has been the major factor for our not performing at the desired level. You will find after the results are declared that BJP rebels will win in a big way.”

Echoing a similar view, political analyst Vijay Sharma said the BJP has been defeated by the BJP itself.

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