Pune, May 20 UNI | 2 months ago

It has been four days since the Lok Sabha election results came out and parties are well into assessing their performance.

As they look back, several BJP leaders attribute the party's thumping win in the Pune Lok Sabha seat to the leadership of Narendra Modi more than the anti-inccumbency against the Congress-led UPA alliance while the Congress is relating the drubbing to infighting within the party.

"The party was confident of the victory of our candidate from Pune LS seat, and the huge margin of victory is all due to the leadereship of Mr Modi, who has won the hearts of everyone across the country," said a BJP leader here today.

This is a view echoed by an overwhelminng mumber of leaders.

"All the local leaders of the party and workers put in their best efforts for the victory of the candidate. The factionalism within the party was brought to an end with the intervention of senior party leaders,' he added.

The Shiv Sena was equally active in campaigning for the BJP candidate. The BJP that had so far been considered a party of the middle classes, cut into the Congress vote bank in the slums by tying up with the RPI leader Ramdas Athavale and the Rashtriya Samaj Paksha, led by Mahadev Jankar. MORE UNI SP JF SW BD1658 NNNN

'Forty per cent of the city's population live in the slums and the Congress always relied on the slum vote bank to get elected. Divided votes of the slum dwellers have also contributed a lot the victory of the BJP candidate,' said a politicial expert.

He said the MNS strategy to contest against the BJP candidate, but at the same time announce support for Modi, also confused Raj Thackeray's supporters and they voted for the BJP candidate instead of the MNS one.

The Congress has been sulking for the past few years after the arrest of sitting MP Suresh Kalmadi, and this had given rise to factionalism among party members.

'The party tried to get over the factionalism by getting a young candidate who was in the confidence of the high command. It did not work out and local leaders even shared a dias to show their support to the candidate but failed to deliver in getting votes,' said a Congress leader.

(Posted on 21-05-2014)