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'Abki Baar Kho di Sarkar': Akhilesh Yadav's Stinging Takedown of BJP

The results are expected to help the Congress take a central role in the "mahagathbandhan" (grand alliance) of opposition parties to take on the Modi-led NDA in 2019.

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Updated:December 11, 2018, 10:47 PM IST
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'Abki Baar Kho di Sarkar': Akhilesh Yadav's Stinging Takedown of BJP
File photo of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. (PTI)
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New Delhi: As Congress emerged the winner in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav took a swipe at the Modi government by turning around PM Modi's rallying cry during the 2014 elections 'abki baar Modi sarkar (This time Modi government) to 'abki bar kho di sarkar (This time they lost the government).

The Congress is currently locked in a close contest with BJP in Madhya Pradesh.

Akhilesh said the results will have an impact on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.









"People have voted against the policies and programmes of the BJP...They have expressed their anger towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP-led states," Yadav was quoted as saying in a party release.

Earlier in the day, Yadav tweeted, "Jab ek aur ek milkar
bante hai gyaarah, tab badey bado ki satta ho jaati hai nau do
gyaarah (When one and one come together, it makes 11, and the power of the bigwigs eventually fade away)."

The gains for the Congress in the Hindi heartland states — exactly a year after Gandhi took charge of the grand old party — assume significance though the party suffered a severe drubbing in Telangana and Mizoram.

The BJP has been in power in the politically crucial states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, which played a key role in the saffron party's spectacular performance in the 2014 polls. The three states have a total of 65 Lok Sabha seats out of which BJP won 62.

The result of the elections in the three states is likely to give Congress workers the much-needed booster shot, who have been demoralised by a string of electoral defeats in a number of states, including Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Assam.

The results are expected to help the Congress take a central role in the "mahagathbandhan" (grand alliance) of opposition parties to take on the Modi-led NDA in 2019.

The outcome is also seen as a validation of Gandhi's leadership as he was mocked regularly by the BJP following a string of electoral defeats since the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Congress president Gandhi, once dubbed by critics as a "reluctant politician", addressed 82 public rallies and seven road shows since October 6, crisscrossing Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telanagana and Mizoram on an almost daily basis.


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