Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday described the "landslide" victory of the SAD-BJP alliance in the Moga byelection as a " a forceful mandate for the agenda of peace, development and communal harmony, and a victory of clean politics over negative tactics such as mudslinging, character assassination and issue-less policies.
"The problem with the Congress is that it has no agenda except Akali-bashing. They are refusing to learn that people want results and they want to hear about policies and programmes on development and progress of the state, and not about our personal ego clashes. People have repeatedly rejected the politics of hate and mudslinging and voted for development."
The CM recalled that Congress leaders, including state party chief Capt Amarinder Singh, had described the Moga bypoll as a referendum on the performance of the Akali-BJP government. "He had even said that Moga would prove to be the SAD-BJP's Waterloo. It seems it has turned out to be someone else's Waterloo now. I hope Captain Sahib accepts the referendum gracefully now and bows before the will of the people. I also hope that they learn to face reality and do not try to insult the electorate by cooking up excuses for the Congress defeat," Badal said.
In a statement here, Badal thanked the voters for delivering a resounding verdict in favour of the ruling alliance's policies and programmes.
Badal, also the SAD patron-in-chief, congratulated and thanked his party workers and leaders for working in a most democratic manner to ensure the victory of the alliance candidate.
The CM also thanked the Election Commission (EC) for ensuring that the bypoll was free and fair.
The chief minister said he considered the conduct of a free, fair and peaceful election as a victory in itself for the alliance as the "Congress had tried to vitiate the atmosphere by raising the false bogey of violence and malpractices."