BJP Wins Gujarat Bypolls, Modi Signals Victory For Progress


New Delhi: After Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the municipal bypolls in Gujarat handsomely in the backdrop of demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the victories show that people want the nation to progress.

“Be it Northeast, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra or Gujarat. BJP has performed very well. I thank the people,” he said.

On Tuesday, in Gujarat district panchayat, taluka panchayat and Nagarpalika bypolls, BJP won 23 seats and Congress just 8 seats. In Surat nagarpalika bypolls, the result was even worse for the Congress, with 27 out of 28 seats going to the saffron party. In Vapi area, the BJP won 41 seats and the Congress just 3.

Overall, the BJP won 109 of 126 seats in the state’s bypolls.

With the opposition now questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move asking the BJP MPs and MLAs to submit details of their bank account transactions post demonetisation, Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday said the nation is giving a befitting reply to those doubting the intentions of the pro-poor government.

Talking to the media, Prasad said Prime Minister Modi’s government and he himself came to power to change the country and carry the nation on a development path.

“I have nothing to comment on the assertions made by the people in the opposition.. As far as the (opposition) criticism is concerned, the people of the country are replying to it. We won in Madhya Pradesh and Assam, our vote percentage improved in Tripura and the BJP performed exceptionally well in Maharashtra. So, we are working and will continue to work for the nation. Our government is dedicated to the poor,” he said

Countering the opposition’s tirade over Government’s new Income Declaration Scheme, he said, “It is written in the Indian Constitution as to what is Money Bill and what is not. And after the speaker certifies it, it is called a Money Bill. As far as I know, any change related to the Income Tax is a Money Bill.”

Prime Minister Modi had earlier in the day asked BJP MPs and MLAs to submit details of their bank account transactions between November 8 and December 31 to party president Amit Shah.


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