Describing the bypoll results in some states as "re-assertion of the secular thought", Punjab Congress on Tuesday said it reflected the fall of popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on whose "wave" BJP had swept to power in the Lok Sabha elections.
State Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa said the popularity graph of "a leader and his party", in an apparent reference to Modi, had nosedived steeply within 100 days of being in power at the Centre.
People had, within no time, rebuffed the communal political discourse, Bajwa said in a statement and asserted that it was Congress under Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi that was leading the secular political discourse.
He alleged that in the run up to the by-elections, leaders of BJP tried to poison the social environment especially in Uttar Pradesh where the party had swept the Lok Sabha polls.
However, the party got exposed within no time, he said.