Sushma Swaraj’s wish to win by more than four lakh votes to cross her 2009 milestone of 3.89 lakh votes came true, and as soon as she won she thanked party workers and people. In her first reaction, she mentioned a BJP wave but not Narendra Modi, who has been all along projected as the party’s prime ministerial candidate.
Afer winning from Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh, Swaraj gave BJP cadres and voters credit for her victory. She said it was a mandate against the Congress, corruption, inflation and scams. “There was anger against the Congress and a wave in favour of the BJP.’’
The Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha had been demanding a role befitting her stature and seniority in the BJP-led NDA, which exit polls had already said would form next government.
Swaraj, who won by 4,10,698 votes, later tweeted, “The victory is the result of hard labour of millions of BJP karyakartas, blessings of the Sangh and able leadership of Shri Narendra Modi.’’
An earlier tweet read, “We receive this mandate of people of India with humility and gratitude.’’
Days ago, asked about her possible role in the Modi government, Swaraj had said such questions were premature. Later she said it was the prerogative of the Prime Minister.
After the exit polls when the party was celebrating, Swaraj flew to Bhopal amid speculation that she was sulking.
She spent two days in Bhopal meeting party workers from Vidisha but did not meet any senior leader, including CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan considered close to her. In the past she had put achievements of Modi and Chouhan on a par.
“For the first time, I publicly wished my margin of 3.89 (lakh) in 2009 should increase to 4 lakh. Five years ago, there was no rival (Congress candidate’s nomination was rejected at the last moment) unlike this time. Today, while receiving victory certificate I was the happiest person,’’ she said.
The other CM says it’s due to Modi
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was once projected as the dark horse to win the country’s top job in the event of BJP needing allies to stitch together “a secular coalition’’. The crystal clear mandate for Narendra Modi has laid to rest all such speculation.
Chouhan was quick to credit the historic victory to Modi and praised him for “fulfilling the dream of Syama Prasad Mookerjee and Deendayal Upadhyay.’’ He did not forget to mention Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L K Advani and Rajnath Singh.
“Modiji ke to peeche hi pade the (they were after Modi),’’ he said of various allegations by the opposition against BJP’s PM candidate and added people rejected such politics of accusations and counter-accusations.
“Acche din aa gaye hain,’’ (good days are here) he said, tweaking the party’s campaign slogan. Alleging the UPA discriminated against state governments run by rival parties, he said the Modi government would ensure justice to all.
He lauded his novel idea of a separate cabinet comprising PM and chief ministers, including those belonging to rival parties.
Recalling Rahul Gandhi’s act of tearing up the ordinance on tainted legislators, Chouhan said the Congress leadership was arrogant and conceited and paid a heavy price.
Chouhan said he has a roadmap for the state’s development and will discuss it on priority with Modi.