Welcoming the bypoll results, an upbeat Gujarat unit of the Congress said on Tuesday that it indicated change in the mood of people who were misled earlier by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s propaganda. The Congress has wrested three assembly seats of Deesa, Mangrol and Khambhalia. Two of these seats have been with the BJP since 2007 and one since 2002. The BJP, however, retained six assembly seats and Vadodara Lok Sabha seat.
State Congress president Arjun Modhwadia said the Congress had also improved its position in other seats as BJP’s victory margin had gone down.
Stating that the results indicated “anger of the people against Modi’s false promises,” he said that Modi had neither curbed inflation, nor been able to deal sternly with Pakistan and China which he promised in his rhetoric during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.