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BJP losing national stature: Congress
Published on 22 Oct. 2009 11:46 PM IST
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: A jubilant Congress Thursday said the assembly poll results showed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was “losing its national stature” and that people are increasingly aligning with the Congress across the country. “The election results in Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh have shown that the Congress is the only party working for the welfare of the people. For the BJP, it is not down... but almost out of the national political scene. It is losing its national stature,” said party general secretary V. Narayanasamy. Narayanasamy, the minister of state for Parliamentary Affairs, told IANS that the Congress win was an indication that people supported the policies and programmes implemented by the state and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the centre. “This is a mandate given by the people for the able leadership of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and general secretary Rahul Gandhi,” said Narayanasamy, who is also the All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge of Arunachal Pradesh. The ruling Congress-Nationalist Congress Party alliance is poised to win 148 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly, while the party has swept the 60-seat Arunachal Pradesh assembly elections as widely expected. However, in Haryana it is six seats short of majority in the 90-member assembly. People voted for our pro-poor policy The Congress Thursday attributed its win in the Maharashtra assembly polls to its “pro-poor policy” and for delivering the benefits of its developmental programmes to the poorest of the poor. Beaming with pride and flashing victory signs, senior Congress leaders, including Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, the party’s state president Manikrao Thakre, union ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushilkumar Shinde appeared before the media to “thank the people” for voting the party back to the power a third time. “I thank everybody who voted for the Congress-NCP (Nationalist Congress Party) alliance,” Thakre told reporters. He said people have voted for the developmental policies of the Congress-NCP combine. “Our government reached out to the poorest of the poor, which is the policy of the Congress.” Chief Minister Chavan also thanked Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi “for making sure” the benefits of development reach out to the poor. The Congress-NCP combine is poised to win 148 seats in the 288 member Maharashtra assembly.

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