NEW DELHI: The Gujarat poll result has boosted the morale of Congress workers and instilled confidence that the party would emerge victorious in the 2019 general elections under Rahul Gandhi‘s leadership, said senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel.
Mr.Patelhad won the Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat last year in a close contest. He also said that the poll verdict in PM’s home state was a “moral victory” for the Congress as the BJP, which was making claims for 150 seats, was wrapped up under 100.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed so many meetings and used all sorts of tricks from bringing Pakistan…to even saying that someone in Pakistan wants me to be the chief minister, but failed to polarise the voters,” Patel told PTI in an interview.
“Gujarat poll results have boosted the morale of Congress workers, not only in Gujarat but all over India, and given them the belief that the BJP can be defeated,” the 68-year-old leader said.
The BJP won mere 99 seats in the 182-member Assembly, its tally dipped from 115 in the last elections.
He added: Congress workers working at gross root level and would do well in the upcoming state elections this year.
The “young and dynamic” party president, Rahul Gandhi, would lead the Congress to victory in the 2019 polls.
Asked if BJP projecting itself as championing the cause of Muslim women and the Mehram issue, Patel said that women can proceed for Haj without Haj due to the change in rules and regulations in Saudi Arabia.