'Overconfidence, underestimation of opposition strategy led to Congress's defeat in state'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: May 19, 2014 19:45 IST

Himachal Pradesh food and civil supplies minister GS Bali said overconfidence and failure in understanding strategy of the opposition party resulted in the crushing defeat of the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Bali said while the state party leadership was overconfident of its position in the Lok Sabha polls, it failed to understand the well- planned marketing strategy of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“Party failed to understand undercurrent in the masses and 'Modi wave' that swept the state,” said Bali adding that the BJP campaigning in the state was totally a false propaganda.

Bali also took moral responsibility of party's defeat, particularly in the politically significant Kangra district.

Being a senior cabinet minister, I take moral responsibility for party's defeat in the Kangra region,” said Bali.

He, however, claimed that he had informed the state leadership about party's weak position in Kangra parliamentary constituency, especially, because of the wrong selection of candidate.

“I had informed the state leadership as well as the high command about the weak position of the party.”
The minister said the Congress would take the defeat as a challenge and will work hard to improve its position.

“The BJP during elections has made tall promises and people of the state will see how soon they fulfill them,” said Bali, hoping that the new government would work to curb price rise, generate more employment and keep the fuel prices stagnant.

When asked about a meeting held recently by dissident MLAs in Chandigarh, Bali said he neither attended the meeting, nor he has any information about it.

He termed statements of the BJP leaders, state government would fall very soon, baseless stating that the Congress government would complete its five-year term in the power.

Bali also denied reports of verbal spat between him and chief minister Virbhadra Singh during the recently held cabinet meet.

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