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Poll victory is verdict against Sonia: Swaraj

india Updated: May 25, 2008 17:33 IST

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BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Sunday, described the party's victory in Karnataka as a "verdict against Sonia Gandhi's leadership".

"This is the 11th defeat of Congress in succession in the country and is nothing but a verdict against Congress President Sonia Gandhi's leadership," she told reporters here.

Taking a swipe at the Congress manifesto which offered "freebies" for the poor like colour television sets and rice at Rs two a kilogram, she charged that the Congress never had shown concern for the poor when they ruled.

She expressed confidence about BJP winning the Lok Sabha polls also and L K Advani becoming the Prime Minister. Venkaiah Naidu attributed the party's victory to the "injustice meted out to BJP by its coalition partner JDS". "It is this which influenced the people in the party's favour," he said.

"People have given their verdict and there is no doubt B S Yeddyurappa will become the Chief Minister. However, a meeting will be convened and he will be chosen there," he said.

He said BJP's victory in the state will definitely impact the national political scene. BJP National General Secretary Ananth Kumar said "it is a verdict of the people," adding, the credit should go totally to the people.

This, Advani said, was evident from the Congress' defeat in almost all the Assembly elections held since it came to power at the Centre in May 2004.

"I have no doubt that the party's triumph in Karnataka will prove to be a turning point comparable to the quantum increase in parliamentary strength that the BJP achieved in 1989," the party's Prime Ministerial face remarked. The BJP had won 86 seats in the 1989 Lok Sabha elections, up from only two in 1984.

From 86 seats in 1989, the BJP consistenly improved its performance leading to formation of its government in 1998, ending the Congress' domination at the Centre and transforming India's polity into a bi-polar system, Advani said.

"Nearly 20 years later, another turning point has arrived in the challenge put up by BJP to the hegemony of Congress.
"Whereas earlier our party's growth was due to its ability to form governments in northern and western states, and also later, in Orissa and Bihar in the East, now for the first time we are in a position to form government in a southern state," Advani said.