Thiruvananthapuram: Hours after Congress won the trial of strength in the Uttarakhand Assembly, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today said BJP would "co-operate" and did not consider the development as a setback to the party.
"In a democracy, we have to accept that. It is on the floor of the House (trial of strength) as per the decision of Supreme Court, Uttarakhand Assembly sat and (there is) majority for Congress, so we will co-operate," Mr Gadkari said, answering questions in this regard at a meet-the-press programme in Thiruvananthapuram.
Mr Gadkari also said he did not consider the development was a setback to his party. However, he said the problem in Uttarakhand was a result of internal problem of Congress.
"Uttarakhand is not a problem between Congress and BJP. That is the internal problem of Congress and for that they are blaming BJP," the Road Transport and National Highways Minister said.
Mr Gadkari alleged that when Vijay Bahuguna was the chief minister, "the present chief minister created issues as he wanted to become chief minister. But when he became chief minister, ex-chief minister is creating problem for the Congress party."
"It is totally a Congress' internal problem. How you can make BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi responsible for it," he asked.
Congress today won the high-stakes trial of strength in the Uttarakhand Assembly, in a setback to the Modi government which had dismissed the state government and imposed President's Rule on March 28.