BHARATIYA JANATA Party (BJP) Legislature Party leader Lalji Tandon today expressed surprise at the tall claims of some leaders of the Samajwadi Party who were dubbing their “humiliating” defeat in the civic polls as “victory” and claimed that the people’s verdict was clearly in favour of the BJP which was set to gain absolute majority in the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha elections.
Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, Tandon said winning a few seats in small nagar panchayats and nagar palikas that too by blatant misuse of government machinery and with the help of bureaucrats and the police, was no yardstick of popularity for any political outfit.
In comparison, he claimed, the BJP had won eight of the 12 mayoral seats while the Moradabad district administration indulged in corrupt practices and wrongly declared 13,000 votes of the BJP invalid to ensure victory of the SP nominee.
The BJP would lodge a complain with the State Election Commission in this regard, he added.
He termed the civic poll results as a ‘silent revolt’ by the people against “Mulayam’s misrule” and compared it to a similar ‘revolt’ against Indira Gandhi after the Emergency. The results were a silent but befitting reply by the common man against “Mulayam’s misrule” and open looting of the state by a select few industrialist friends of SP leaders, Tandon alleged.
Tandon, however, called upon the BJP workers not to be lax and get ready for the Vidhan Sabha elections and take advantage of the anti-Mulayam and anti-Samajwadi Party wave.
Flaying those who had written off the BJP, he said it was the only party which had principles and clear views on vital issues like national security, terrorism, unity and integrity of the country while other political parties were indulging in all kind of activities to grab power by hook or crook and were ready to compromise even on national issues for political gains.