After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came back in power in Karnataka in an absolute sweep, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has a message for the losing Congress.
Taking to Twitter the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo congratulated the BJP for its win while urging those who lost to fight back. Most importantly, she has a piece of advice for the Congress. Mamata said if the “Congress had gone into an alliance with the JD(S), the result would have been different.”
Earlier on March 3, after the results of Assembly elections in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland indicated at a spectacular performance of BJP, Mamata Banerjee had said that she had requested the Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi to fight the elections with the support of regional parties, but they did not listen to her.
"If Congress would have fought the elections properly, the BJP would have lost around 10 seats. I had requested the Congress,I told Rahul Gandhi myself that we are new in Tripura but the INC (Indian National Congress) and TMC (Trinamool Congress) can fight with regional parties but they didn’t do it. I also told him that we can do seat sharing. I said we can keep 14 and give 16 to the parties from the hills. If that had happened this 15-20 percent of votes we are talking about right now, might not have been a problem," she said.
Earlier in the day, senior BJP MP Dr Subramanian Swamy in a tongue-and-cheek tweet indicated Karnataka’s approval of a separate religion tag for Lingayat community has brought upon the downfall of Siddaramaiah.
“When Siddhu split the Lingayat community I had told the media : Congi committed suicide,” he wrote on Twitter.