Published On: Tue, Mar 14th, 2017

BJP used money to steal Goa, Manipur mandates: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: Despite severe drubbing in the just-concluded polls to five state Assemblies, the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi continues to indulge in blame game as on Tuesday he instead of introspecting, accused the BJP of using money to “steal the mandate” in Manipur and Goa.

Gandhi even said that the Congress’ performance in the assembly polls was not bad

He said that the Congress should have been given a chance to form governments in both the states as it was the single largest party but ignoring the established norms, the BJP has been invited to form the government in the two states.

Having accepted the people mandate wherein the Congress’ had a pathetic performance in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assembly polls, Gandhi said that his party needed structural and organisational changes.

“We have an ideological fight with the Bharatiya Janata Party and we will continue to do that. What BJP has done in Manipur and Goa, is basically what their ideology is and which is what we are fighting,” Gandhi told the media persons.

Asked to comment on allegations that the Congress’ central leadership did not act soon enough in Goa, Gandhi replied: “It’s not a question of soon enough, it’s a question of how much money the BJP has thrown to steal the mandate in Manipur and Goa. That’s the question.”

Gandhi even said that the Congress’ performance in the assembly polls was not bad.

“We are in the opposition, you have ups and downs. We had a little down in Uttar Pradesh, that’s fine we accept it.

“We had five elections, we formed the government in Punjab and won in Manipur and Goa. That is not a bad result. It is true that we lost in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

“But as far Congress is concerned we do need to make structural, organisational changes,” added Gandhi.

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