Pinarayi Vijayan | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: The ruling CPI(M) and opposition parties in Kerala on Saturday welcomed the Congress' victory in the Karnataka assembly polls, stating it was an indication of public sentiment against BJP's alleged divisive and communal politics.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan welcomed the outcome of the poll result and said the BJP has been ousted from south India. He also asked the Congress to learn from its mistakes and move forward.
"With today's result, now, BJP is not in power in any south Indian state. The Congress which won the polls should learn some lessons from this and move forward. Congress must be more alert...There is a feeling in the country that the BJP should not come back to power," Vijayan said at a party programme in Kollam district.
The Congress managed to win over 135 of 224 seats in the polls while the BJP failed to cross the 70-seat mark.
Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president and MP K Sudhakaran said the vote counting trend and the seats won indicated the comeback of Congress and the ouster of BJP. "The people of south India have rejected the BJP. Karnataka was the last link. It is a win for Rahul Gandhi," he said. Sudhakaran said if the party can win in Karnataka, it can win in Kerala too.
Leader of Opposition in the Assembly V D Satheesan echoed a similar view when he said the Congress campaign in Karnataka highlighted the 40 per cent commission that the ruling government was allegedly taking. "Here in Kerala it is 46 per cent or 65 per cent. We will highlight that here," he said.
Satheesan further said the Karnataka election results were not confined to that state and its effect would be seen everywhere during the Lok Sabha polls.
"It is public sentiment. The Prime Minister and his entire cabinet camped there to campaign, using all means at their disposal, yet Congress took such a huge lead," he contended.
Satheesan also said that while "communal fascist forces" wanted a Congress-free India, the party made BJP-free south India a reality.
He too said the outcome was an indication of the public sentiment in support of Rahul Gandhi and his fight against the BJP. PTI