Mr Parrikar said the results in the two states indicated that the saffron party was going to win the 2019 Lok Sabha election. "Opening innings zero," he said when asked about Mr Gandhi's performance in the Gujarat polls where the new Congress chief had campaigned extensively, and Himachal Pradesh. The 47-year-old Amethi lawmaker took over as Congress president last week.
"The assembly election results, which are in favour of the BJP, are also an indication of the outcome of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and formation of the next government at the Centre," Mr Parrikar said.
"We will ensure the BJP also wins handsomely in Karnataka (where the assembly election is due next year)," he said.
"Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) has his magic. He is pushing the party ahead. He is one leader who has higher popularity than the party. And reverse is the case with Rahul Gandhi," Mr Parrikar said when asked whether the PM's campaign helped the BJP retain power in Gujarat.
(With inputs from PTI)
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