Ahmedabad: Days after raising a banner of revolt against Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) resounding defeat in Bihar assembly elections, party patriarch L.K. Advani on Sunday said the government is on the right track to bring “achhe din" in the country.

Talking to reporters after exercising his franchise for the Ahmedabad municipal corporation election at a polling booth in the Khanpur area in Ahmedabad, he said, “I believe that the whole system takes its own time. Since the government is going in the right direction, I believe that the results will also be good." He was asked whether the Modi government has failed to fulfil its promise of bringing “acche din" (BJP’s slogan during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections), especially in the wake of recent price rise.

Party veterans Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Shanta Kumar and Yashwant Sinha had issued a strongly-worded statement after the Bihar debacle, saying that the party has been “emasculated" in the last one year and was being “forced to kow-tow to a handful".

To a query on how he sees this election turning out for the ruling party after the Bihar drubbing, Advani said the BJP has put extra effort to ensure that they win civic body elections. “I can say that consciousness of our party has increased (after the Bihar result). All efforts were made here to see that the result comes in our favour. And these efforts will be certainly reflected in the result," he said. Advani said local body elections are as important as the assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

In the municipal elections, this time, 50% seats have been reserved for women candidates, while four candidates from one party per ward are in the fray. “I am happy that MPs are also allowed to vote in corporation elections. I also learnt that 50% seats are kept reserved for women. I was told that I have to press the ‘register’ button (on the EVM machine) after casting my vote for all four candidates (of one party). As per new system, I came here and cast my vote," he said. Counting of votes will take place on 2 December.

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