NEW DELHI: Buoyed by its success in the Madhya Pradesh civic body polls, where the BJP won eight out of 10 civic bodies despite the Vyapam scam heat, the party today asked Congress leadership to do "self introspection," while terming the victory as one for politics of development.
"The success of BJP is an indication of the development politics... We would like to say Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi Gandhi need to be more practical. They need to do self introspection," BJP Spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said here.
Trivedi said that the Congress party's chief strategists in Madhya Pradesh, which include both senior leaders as well as youth leaders, also need to reconsider their strategy in the face of defeat in the civic body polls.
The stupendous success of the party in these polls is a "reaction" and "anger" of the people of Madhya Pradesh against those who tried to tarnish the image of the party in the state, he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had tweeted that "MP Civic poll results are gladdening. I thank people of MP for reposing their trust in BJP. I salute efforts of karyakartas (workers) and party leaders."
"Thank you very much for your continued support and faith. MP will continue to work under your dynamic leadership," Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who has been facing demands for his resignation over the scandal, had tweeted after the results were announced.
BJP registered victories in Morena, Ujjain, Harda, Chakghat in Rewa district, Bhainsdehi in Betul district, Kotar in Satna, Suwasara in Mandsaur and Vidisha municipal bodies.
BJP had swept the civic polls in the state held earlier this year. Elections in the aforementioned 10 municipal bodies could not be held then due to various reasons.
Responding to a question on Pakistan, Trivedi said that India has always strived for good relations with Pakistan but not at the cost of its territorial integrity and dignity.
BJP president Amit Shah and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also congratulated the people of Madhya Pradesh for reposing faith in the party.
"BJP national president Amit Shah has congratulated the people of Madhya Pradesh, all party office-bearers and the Chief Minister for the impressive victory. He said this is the victory of development and good governance," BJP Spokesperson Trivedi said.
Meanwhile, Singh called up Chouhan and congratulated him for the impressive victory in the state civic polls. "Congratulated the Madhya Pradesh CM over the phone on BJP's spectacular performance in civic bodies polls," Singh said on Twitter today.
"BJP's impressive performance in Madhya Pradesh has once again reaffirmed people's faith in our commitment for good governance and development," the Union Home Minister said.