Buoyed by its victory in the Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha by-poll, the Congress party on Tuesday said the electorate had sent a clear message that the vote was against the policies of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government as well as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Madhya Pradesh.
The party said it was the first Lok Sabha by-election after the last parliamentary election in 2014, and hence was a clear warning sign for the BJP that the people were unhappy with the government.
MP Congress chief Arun Yadav said it was a collective victory for the party and that the result showed that Modi’s spell has been broken. The BJP is looking at even tougher days ahead, he added.
“Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan attended more than 80 public meetings in the constituency and had made it a prestige issue but the Congress still won by a huge margin,” said state Congress vice-president Rameshwar Neekhra.
“People are fed up with the jumla-baaz sarkar (rhetoric-focused government) led by Narendra Modi, who mostly remains outside India instead of working to fulfil the promises made before the general election,” Neekhra said. “Farmers are suffering and scams like Vyapam are plaguing the state.”
Congress chief spokesperson KK Mishra said the credit for the victory went to senior party leaders and ground-level workers. “Kantilal Bhuria is a (prominent) leader in the region. Also, it is the success of the strategy of general secretary in-charge Mohan Prakash and PCC chief Arun Yadav,” he said.
Senior Congress leader Vibha Patel said the massive margin of victory reflected that the BJP has been rejected by the people. She said the result would further galvanise Congress workers.