New Delhi [India], Mar. 13 : The Congress on Monday made a sardonic remark on the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) ideology that won them the recently-concluded Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Assembly polls, citing it has been "polarising" the UP politics for long.
Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit, referring to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's (RSS) ideologue M.G. Vaidya's statement that the landslide victory in UP was a vote for construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, asserted the pronouncement broke the various claims made by the BJP Government.
"I welcome the fact that the RSS has spoken the truth. We all knew that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal was not his. It was a right-wing Hindu appeal. The BJP has been polarising the UP politics for long. So, the vote of polarisation has now become a vote of consolidation. I have my doubts though about how long it is going to continue," he said. "The statement also breaks the claim of the BJP Government that it was the vote of development. They have won it on Modi's Hindutva leadership plan, which is very evident," he added. Dikshit also congratulated Prime Minister Modi on the BJP's remarkable victory in the UP and Uttarakhand Assembly polls, while also saying that he didn't find anything new or extravagant in his victory speech.
"Let me first congratulate him and the BJP. But, I don't particularly see anything new or extravagant in what he said. Anybody who wins will obviously congratulate or thank the people. And every leader would like to be somebody who claims that he understands the poor and identifies with them.
There's nothing new in this. This has happened in the past and it will continue to happen in future," he said. A day before, Vaidya remarked that the popular verdict in the two states could be termed as a public endorsement of the BJP's election manifesto that talked about building a Ram temple in Ayodhya.