It’s early days for the BJP to think about a Congress free regime across the country say Mumbaikars.
Even though the BJP had emerged victorious in the Assam assembly polls by breaking the Congress stronghold over the state, Mumbaikars are not sure whether the party will be able to achieve its dream of Congress mukt Bharat. According to them, the saffron party has only managed to sweep polls in Assam while regional parties like Trinamool Congress, AIADMK have won people’s mandate. Political experts said that BJP might have managed to put up a better show after receiving severe drubbing in Delhi and Bihar assembly polls but the party will have to work very hard to expand its foothold across the country.
Amit Patil a Kandivali resident said, “It’s early days for the BJP to even think about a Congress free regime across the country. People have a tendency to vote for different party at the centre and state hence the outcome of every poll will be different.”
Ritesh Singh a Borivali resident said, “BJP at present is centred around the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah. For expanding its presence across the country the party will have to opt for decentralisation. The grassroot workers should be empowered so that they are involved in decision making process.”
Ramesh Seth a businessman from Kandivali said, “BJP must first overcome its arrogance as it is attempting to win election single handedly. The party must form alliance with regional outfits so that it can avoid the split of votes and improve its vote share.”
Mumbai Congress Chief, Sanjay Nirupam said, “BJP had a tie-up with many smaller parties in Assam, whereas Congress was fighting a lone battle. If Congress had formed alliance with regional parties, then the result would have been different. The anti-incumbency factor worked against us and our party workers worked hard.”
Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray said, “The outcome of the assembly polls reflects that people are giving more preference to regional parties which have strong presence in their states. These parties are able to connect with voters instead of their national counterparts hence they are able to win the confidence of masses.”
“I would like to congratulate AIADMK and TMC for their impressive performance in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal assembly polls. However the responsibilities of these parties have increased and they will have to perform. After BJP’s victory in Assam it is expected that the infiltration of illegal migrants from Bangladesh will end,” he added.
When AV tried to speak to Congress leader Krishna Hegde about this issue he refused to comment about it.
After registering a thumping victory in the Assam assembly polls BJP President Amit Shah had expressed confidence that the party will fulfill its dream of Congress mukt Bharat. He also added that the results have given a huge stimulus to the party for the preparation of 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Shah said that the party has been emerging stronger each passing day and has gone stronger from Kerala to Kashmir. Shah gave full credit to the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi whose vision is to make India a developed nation.
“BJP’s performance in assembly polls is in a way people’s stamp on performance of Modi government in the last two years. Poll results show that a strong foundation of BJP has been laid for ensuring victory in 2019 Lok Sabha polls,” says Amit Shah.
“The verdict is a lesson for Congress for its obstructionist politics in Parliament,” he added.