New Delhi, Dec 23: As the BJP exulted over its win in Gujarat, a shocked Congress Partygave the entire "credit" to Chief Minister Narendra Modi, though charging him with having "communalised the poll," while the Left blamed the Congress for the saffron party's victory and urged it to draw the proper lessons from it.
Giving the entire "credit" of the BJP's victory to Mr Modi though it accused him of having "communalised the poll," the Congress asserted that it would not dilute its stand against communalism despite the defeat. "It was a victory of Mr Modi. The BJP was nowhere in the picture," AICC General Secretary in charge of Gujarat B K Hariprasad told mediapersons, while pointing out that the Congress expected its candidates to win at least 95 seats.
While owning up the responsibility for the party's debacle in the elections, he said "losing an election is fine...but we cannot dilute our stand (against communalism)." Denying the poll outcome was a setback to the Congress-led Government at the Centre, Mr Hariprasad also ruled out it reflecting on the next Lok Sabha elections, saying that issues were different in state and central elections.
Senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily said his party's defeat in the Gujarat assembly poll was because it could not go down to the extent of "Modi's politics of hatred." "We never compromised our core values like secularism and rule of law. Therefore, we could not pay him in the same coin," Mr Moily, the AICC General Secretary in charge of the Media, told the sources here today, while pointing out that "we always fought for secularism." He also asserted it was not a victory of the BJP in Gujarat. "It is a defeat of the BJP--its principles and ideology. It is an individual victory for Mr Modi. It is not a victory for governance, development or rule of law as it was sought to be made out." In its reaction, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) said electoral efforts alone were not enough to defeat communal forces where the impact of communal polity runs deep.
The party Polit Bureau in a statement here said : ''What is required is a determined and uncompromising struggle against the communal ideology of Hindutva and the capacity to launch sustained struggles of all sections of the people who suffered from the rightwing economic policies of the Modi government.'' Blaming the Congress for the BJP's win, the Left also urged it to properly analyse the election results and draw appropriate lessons.
The top leaders of the CPI and CPI(M) told the sources that they foresaw a serious problem erupting in the Sangh Parivar as ''Moditva'' and Chief Minister Narendra Modi's ''larger than life image'' was projected in the whole campaign and the saffron party's national leadership was absent there.
CPI leaders A B Bardhan and Shamim Faizi said, first of all, the practice adopted by the Congress, banking upon the BJP's rebels, was totally wrong.
Senior CPI(M) leader Nilotpal Basu, while admitting the failure of the secular forces in winning over of the majority of the people in Gujarat polls, however, denied that the BJP's win in the state would have any impact on the national political scenario.
The All India Forward Bloc said that the Gujarat election results are clearly indicating that the Congress(I) is no more an alternative to the (BJP), and a progressive secular political alternative under the leadership of the Left Parties would be the real political alternative to the saffron party.