Congress downplays Praful Patel's praise for Modi

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 28, 2012 14:20 hrs

The Congress Party on Friday played down its ally, the Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) praise for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and an indirect demand for a review of the reasons for the electoral loss in that state.

"That (NCP) is a political party. We are one as far as the running the government and the government's policies. There might be differences as far as political perspective and understanding things are concerned," said Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat.

"That might be Praful Patelji's view. But we think that we fought the elections in a very good manner and we raised the concerns of the villagers, poor and the 'aam aadmi'," he added.

Union Minister Praful Patel earlier in the day said that Modi led his party to victory in the Gujarat assembly polls due to his work and the confidence that people reposed in him.

"Modi was successful in gaining trust of people. Modi won due to the work he has done. Ideologically, we are with Congress and will continue to be with them, Patel said. But there is nothing wrong with thinking about our growth," said Patel at the

inaugural function of NCP's renovated office in South Mumbai.

"In Gujarat, we had a tie-up with Congress in order to avoid division of secular votes. However, the ally put up candidates in all the seats NCP contested. A review should be done to find out who is responsible for the defeat in Gujarat," he added.

Having secured an electoral hat-trick, Modi today took oath as Gujarat's Chief Minister for the fourth consecutive time at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad earlier on Wednesday.

The BJP bagged 115 of the 182 assembly seats up for grabs, while Congress emerged victorious in 61. The Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) of former chief minister Keshubhai Patel bagged two seats. (ANI)

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