Expressing his delight over the Congress Party's clear majority in the Karnataka state assembly elections, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dr. M. Veerappa Moily on Wednesday said the BJP had got its just political desert by being relegated to third position, and said talks about Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi having a pan-India image have proved to be a non starter.
Dr. Moily said the Karnataka electoral result is a victory of the Congress Party and the people of Karnataka.
" A clear mandate has been given to the Congress Party to govern for another five years. It is also clear that they don't want to have a split polity, or they do not want that there should be a coalition arrangement. This is the lesson, which the Karnataka people have thrown to the national scenario. And, it is also clear that by not allowing the Parliament to run, the BJP has now come third. And, Mr. Modi coming to the coastal areas, that hundred percent Congress swept. I think he should have visited these places more, we would have then swept the polls in a better way with better momentum," Dr. Moily told ANI here.
"That means to say, all that is said about Mr. Narendra Modi that he has a pan-India image is absolutely false and may be that because of his own certain communal agenda, which he has taken in Gujarat. I don't think his influence will go beyond the frontiers of Gujarat. This is very clear and Karnataka has sent a very right message to the BJP and also the people of this country that a type of leadership like Modi will not run this country," he added.
Dr. Moily lauded the efforts put in by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
"And in fact Rahul Gandhi, Dr. Manmohan Singh our Prime Minister, and also Soniaji (Sonia Gandhi), they have toured around all those places, all those places where they have addressed the meetings we have got the maximum votes and maximum seats," he said.
Dr. Moily, however, refused to throw light on the Congress Party's chief ministerial candidate in Karnataka.
"There is a process and a system which is always adopted by the Congress formally. They make an assessment of the ground situation and take the opinion of the elected MLAs, then the central observers will come, they will take a sense of it, and then the central leadership will decide," he said.
Dr. Moily also rubbished the comparison made between Modi and Rahul Gandhi as a potential prime ministerial candidate ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
"That comparison we have not done. It was BJP, which has done. If they have done it, they are defeated in their own battle," he said.
The Congress is emerging as the single largest party in Karnataka assembly polls. The party is so far leading in 120 seats.
Counting of votes for the Karnataka Assembly elections, which witnessed a 70.23 per cent voter turnout on May 5, began this morning at 8 a.m. amidst tight security.
In the 2008 elections, BJP secured 110 seats, three short of majority and formed the government with the help of five independents who were made ministers. Congress bagged 80 seats and JD-S 28. The overall voter turnout then was 64.91 per cent. (ANI)