Kharge was in Chennai on Thursday when the counting of votes was underway. Talking to media persons in the capital of Tamil Nadu, Kharge Said that the Congress had contested in some constituencies in the three northeastern states. He also said that the party was of the view that an alliance with other parties could help secure a majority of seats.
Asked about the Congress’s prospects and whether the results of the three states will have any bearing on the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the party president said, “No, it has nothing to do with (2024 Lok Sabha general elections). This is the election of small states. Generally, the parties of the North East run with the trends of the central government, but many leaders are committed to national politics. They support the Congress, secular parties, democracy and the Constitution.”
PM Modi Slammed Kharge for highlighting three small states. Speaking at the BJP’s victory ceremony at the party headquarters on Thursday evening after the election results were declared, he said, “After today’s results, the Congress has made public its hatred for small things. The Congress and its president are saying that these are small states. Their results don’t matter much.
He said such statements were made because there was no feeling of uniting the country. “What he said is an insult to the people of these states and their mandate. Congress is making a huge mistake by looking at these small states with a feeling of rejection. Due to this thinking, the Congress has always taken the poor of the country as insignificant people. They considered Dalits, Adivasis and OBCs as OBCs.”
Prime Minister Modi alleged that the Congress does politics by looking at the numerical strength of communities and vote banks. “It is this mindset which caused serious damage to the country after independence. When our government built toilets for the poor, the Congress called it a small task. When we got the bank accounts of the poor opened, the Congress termed that too a cheap thing. When we started the cleanliness drive, even the Congress made fun of us.
Continuing in the same breath, Modi continued, “I want to tell the Congress that this hatred against humble people and small states will sink you in the coming elections.”
The Congress won three seats in Tripura, five in Meghalaya and failed to open its account in Nagaland. The three state assemblies have 60 seats each.
The BJP won a majority in Tripura for the second consecutive election by winning 32 seats, winning 12 of the 20 seats it contested in Nagaland. It will form the government in Nagaland as its pre-poll alliance partner Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDP).NDPP) won 25 seats.
The BJP won only two seats out of all the 60 constituencies in which it fielded its candidates. However, it is set to form a government with the National People’s Party (NPP).npp) which won 26 seats in the hung assembly.
The BJP was in power in Meghalaya along with the NPP, led by Konrad Sangma, who broke the alliance before the assembly elections. Both are ready to join hands once again.