Business News/ Elections / Assembly Elections/  ‘Keeping Rahul Gandhi away working for Congress’: Amit Malviya on Karnataka poll results

After Congress won Karnataka Assembly Elections 2023, BJP national spokesperson Amit Malviya on Sunday said that keeping Rahul Gandhi away seems to have worked for the Congress from Himachal to Karnataka.

He mocked former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's first reaction to the Karnataka victory calling it a defeat of 'crony capitalists’.

“Irony died a million times when Robert Vadra started giving exclusives to media channels just when Rahul Gandhi declared that Congress’s Karnataka win was a defeat of ‘crony capitalists’…Is keeping Rahul Gandhi away the new template? It seems to have worked for the Congress from Himachal to Karnataka!" Amit Malviya tweeted.

The Congress on Saturday made a stunning comeback in Karnataka ousting the BJP from its lone southern citadel with a comfortable majority in a morale booster win that will be key for reviving its electoral fortunes ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

The Congress' decisive victory in the Karnataka Assembly elections after an aggressive pro-poor campaign spearheaded by the mass leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah and KPCC president D K Shivakumar also saw Karnataka continuing with a 38-year-old anti-incumbency trend. The state has never voted an incumbent party to power since 1985.

Siddaramaiah, 75, and Shivakumar, the party's troubleshooter who won from Kanakapura by over one lakh votes and who turns 61 on Sunday, are both front runners for the chief minister's post. The Congress has returned to power on its own in Karnataka after 10 years. Siddaramaiah was the chief minister from 2013 to 2018.

The first meeting of the Congress Legislature Party(CLP) will be held at 5.30 pm on Sunday, according to AICC in charge of Karnataka Randeep Surjewala. The meeting is likely to decide the name of the new chief minister.

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Updated: 14 May 2023, 12:49 PM IST
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