- Gujarat election result "moral victory" for Congress, says Rahul Gandhi
- BJP keeps Gujarat but by much lower margin of victory than last time
- Congress posted its best result since 1985 in Gujarat on Monday
In his first comments since results were announced yesterday, the Congress president attacked the Prime Minister for saying that the BJP's win in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh signals the people's approval of his government's reforms. "This election, which Narendra Modi called election of development, and said it put a stamp on GST... But he did not speak about development, GST and notes ban in his election speeches. It has raised questions about Modij i's credibility. Frankly, Modi ji has a credibility problem," Mr Gandhi told reporters outside parliament.
While the BJP may have won Gujarat again, the state has rejected PM Modi's model of development as "good marketing, but shallow," he said, adding, the Congress, "didn't win, but never mind. The result was good for us."
Union minister and senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar quickly hit back, referring to Congress in Gujarat, when he said, "They go around saying development has gone mad. That is because they probably don't understand it... How will they understand the development model, if they go about calling it names... clearly they are speaking in a state of shock and denial."
Mr Javadekar said Rahul Gandhi is "clueless on how to compete with PM Modi."
The BJP's cantankerous ally Shiv Sena has said the Congress is the "real winner" in Gujarat.
Rahul Gandhi had in tweets accepted defeat yesterday, also congratulating the BJP on winning both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. He thanked party's workers saying, "You are different than those you fought because you fought anger with dignity. You have demonstrated to everyone that the Congress' greatest strength is its decency and courage."
Mr Gandhi's comments are seen as an attempt to place him above what the Congress calls the BJP's "politics of abuse." They are also in response to Amit Shah, who has said that the BJP failed in its Mission 150 because of what he called the Congress' "caste politics and low level political discourse."
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