BENGALURU: The BJP won because they used the Hindu platform in Uttar Pradesh, not because of a Modi wave, said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
“If they really won because of the Modi wave, then why could they not replicate the victory in Goa and Punjab?” he asked.
Though Akhilesh was a good chief minister, family infighting, anti-incumbency and BJP promoting Hindutva were the reasons for the SP-Congress loss, he said. He added that the BJP used emotional issues like crematoriums and burial grounds to convince voters
He added that Modi had conducted enough rallies in Punjab and had repeatedly broached the issue of minister Ramesh Jarkiholi’s residence being raided by IT department officials.
He dismissed a Modi wave in the state and said the people had not forgotten the misdeeds of the BJP government. “If Uttar Pradesh results are supposed to have a bearing on the bypolls in Nanjangud and Gundlupet, then results in Punjab and Goa should aid us,” he said.
BSY predicts 175 seats
BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa said the results had increased their chances to win 150 seats. “We have identified candidates who can win 175 seats. Party chief Amit Shah will take a call on this,” he said.