With the Congress set for its lowest-ever tally in Maharashtra, the Congress on Sunday blamed corruption charges against its erstwhile coalition partner NCP and an overall anti-incumbency factor for the party's "depressing" performance in the state.
The party also took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying there was "no wave" in his favour as the trends indicated that BJP may fall short of the majority.
Former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan on Sunday blamed the state leadership for the Congress’ drubbing.
"BJP has not won because there was some Modi wave here. It all boils down to the anti-incumbency factor. Had the state leadership handled issues more responsibly, we would have been much better off than we are today," Chavan said.
The Congress-NCP break up at the eleventh hour dented the image of both parties in the minds of the electorate, he said.
"We worked very hard for the welfare of our state in the last 15 years, but we failed to project our achievements and our development in front of the people. I wish the state leadership had handled the election issue carefully," said the Lok Sabha MP from Nanded.
Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi blamed the ‘corrupt’ tag for the defeat.
"Let me equally and candidly admit that in Maharashtra, we have had not only real but a perception of corruption also and that has been unfortunately and mostly attributed to our coalition partner. That has got us bad press and negative points. Some of it had been Congress but the overall impact has been negativehe said .
Maintaining that the good work of the government there was drowned by corruption issues, Singhvi said "...it is something very serious and sad and suitably depressing if they (the trends) turn out to be true. We have to take corrective action which we will."
Terming Modi wave as "elusive", he said while the BJP was making tall claims about it, the leads which suggest that they will get only 110-120 seats deny it.
"Winning is one part. After 15 years we can't be very very optimistic of winning a large number of seats. There is natural anti-incumbency. But winning apart, where is this Modi wave? Where is the elusive, mysterious and much-talked about Modi wave?"