GUWAHATI, Dec 3 - The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today claimed that the results of the recent elections to the Gujarat civic bodies and zilla and taluk panchayats have revealed that hypnotism of falsehood resorted to by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections has virtually become ineffective on the people of the country.
The saffron party has been able to keep secure its constituencies within a section of the urban well-off people only. The rural people of Gujarat have now opted for the Congress, rejecting the BJP, said the party.
APCC vice-president Ripun Bora said in a statement that the people of the country have now started rejecting the BJP in a growing manner. The saffron party had to bite the dust in the bye-elections in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, following the Lok Sabha elections. It faced defeat also in the Delhi elections. The party performed in a poor manner during the latest Bihar elections too. It could secure majority only in three civic bodies in the elections held to the 29 civic bodies in Vidarbha area of Maharashtra on November 3 last.
People have rejected Narendra Modi even at the model village he has proposed to develop under his Benaras Lok Sabha Constituency in Uttar Pradesh. The BJP lost to the Samajwadi Party in the Uttar Pradesh Panchayat elections held about a month back.
The BJP could win 160 seats of the 31 zilla parishads of Gujarat, against the 277 seats won by the Congress. Elections to these zilla parishads were held on November 29 last. The Congress could win in 1172 seats of the 230 taluk panchayats of Gujarat, while the BJP could win in 861 seats of these taluk panchayats.
The BJP was routed in the Badodara Lok Sabha Constituency, which is the constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Congress could win in 18 seats in this constituency, of the 20 seats to which elections were held, said the APCC vice-president.
All these developments indicate that the BJP will have to face a similar fate in the 2016 Assembly elections in Assam, West Bengal, and Kerala, said the APCC vice-president.