Sunday May 25 2008 16:27 IST
BANGALORE: BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Sunday described the party’s victory in Karnataka as a “verdict against Sonia Gandhi’s leadership”.
“This is the 11th defeat of Congress in succession in the country and is nothing but a verdict against Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s leadership,” she told reporters here.
Taking a swipe at the Congress manifesto which offered “freebies” for the poor like colour television sets and rice at Rs two a kilogram, she charged that the Congress never had shown concern for the poor when they ruled.
She expressed confidence about BJP winning the Lok Sabha polls also and L K Advani becoming the Prime Minister.
Venkaiah Naidu attributed the party’s victory to the “injustice meted out to BJP by its coalition partner JDS”.
“It is this which influenced the people in the party’s favour,” he said.
“People have given their verdict and there is no doubt B S Yeddyurappa will become the Chief Minister. However, a meeting will be convened and he will be chosen there,” he said.
He said BJP’s victory in the state will definitely impact the national political scene.
BJP National General Secretary Ananth Kumar said “it is a verdict of the people,” adding, the credit should go totally to the people.