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People looking for opportunity to vent out anger against BJP: Congress

India TV Politics Desk New Delhi 11 Jan 2017, 12:10:29 IST
India TV Politics Desk

The Congress party today said that people were looking for an opportunity to vent out their anger against the Narendra Modi government’s demonetisation decision.

Speaking to reporters, leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge expressed confidence that things won't be the same for the ruing BJP in the upcoming Assembly polls in five states as they were during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. 

“BJP won't get the same percentage of votes as it got in 2014 Lok Sabha elections because the farmer is angry, poor is angry, small traders are troubled. People have been heavily affected by demonetization and they are now looking for an opportunity to vent out their ire against him (PM Narendra Modi) in some or the other form," Kharge said.

Describing demonetisation a ‘failed move’, Kharge said, "Modiji’s expectation of winning in all the five states due to demonetisation and that he is going to get backing from people is wrong. People are realising that what Modiji did was wrong." 

The Congress party had secured just two seats in the last Lok Sabha elections with party chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi emerging victorious from their traditional seats of Rae Bareli and Amethi, respectively. The BJP and alliance had bagged 72 out of 80 seats.

The grand old party sees the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls as an opportunity to revive its lost fortune. The party wants to be the kingmaker this time and thus wants to enter the poll fray with the ruling Samajwadi Party. 

The Congress is in political wilderness in Uttar Pradesh since 1989 following emergence of divisive ‘Mandal-Mandir’ politics and rise of the BSP, which took away its crucial Dalit vote base.

The Congress has been attacking the government over demonetisation policy ever since it was announced in November last year. The party has even demanded a judicial probe into the demonetisation “scam”.

Uttar Pradesh, the country's most populous state, will go to the polls in seven phases between February 11 and March 8. Results will be declared on March 11.