Senior Congress leader and former External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's win in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections by terming it as a 'TsuNamo'.
Referring to the elections, Khurshid said that it is obvious that Prime Minister Modi's popularity is the reason he got re-elected, adding that no one was able to withstand the strong Modi wave that drove BJP to power.
"All I know is that elections were held, but no one was able to withstand the strong Modi wave. What everyone calls a TsuNamo came at us and destroyed everything. But I'm glad that we made it out and I can still talk to the people." he said speaking to media on Saturday.
Reacting to Khurshid's statement, another Congress leader Tariq Anwar said that his words were justified as the BJP winning the elections was truely because of the Modi wave. However, he also asserted by saying that this was temporary:
"Salman Khurshid's statements are true. But we must also understand that the tsunami does not occur everytime. It happened once, and destroyed everything in its way. Next time we need to repair and work to ensure it does not happen again,'' said Tariq Anwar speaking in the matter.
The Congress faced a crushing defeat at the hands of BJP in the recent Lok Sabha where it managed to increase its tally from 44 (in 2014) to 55 in the 542-member Lok Sabha. BJP-led by PM Modi won a thumping victory with 303 seats in the elections.
Besides, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who contested from his pocket borough of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, lost to Union Minister Smriti Irani. After the embarrassing defeat, Gandhi had offered to quit as the Congress President, however, Khurshid had said that the party cannot afford to lose him as a president.
Meanwhile, reacting to Salman Khurshid's statement, BJP leader and Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the Congress' vision was clouded by the power. He also alleged that the Congress party was engaging in dirty politics. He later concluded by saying that Modi's win was due to his efforts for development:
"The Congress is into dirty politics. Their vision was clouded by power. But everyone knows that Prime Minister Modi's win is because of his constant efforts at development. The Modi wave was due to hard work. The Modi wave will prevail next time as well." he said.