BHUBANESWAR:The stunning victory of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in elections in New Delhi had its reverberations in the Assembly here with the BJD and Congress members trading charges against each other.
Raising the issue during zero hour, BJD MLA from Athagarh Ranendra Pratap Swain took potshots at both the Congress and BJP. The Delhi election results indicate that people want an alternative political platform and economic agenda, he said and added that the national capital has become free from the Congress and BJP.
Swain expressed concern over the manner in which Congress, a party of 120 years, is moving towards redundancy. Indicating towards a Third Front taking political centre-stage, the BJD MLA said people are searching for an alternative other than the Congress and BJP.
Congress chief whip Taraprasad Bahinipati, however, maintained that people of the State are going to reject BJD in 2019 elections, the same way they dealt with BJP now. Claiming that there is a move to strengthen the Congress at the grassroots level, Bahinipati said the party will fight back. “The Modi Government has done nothing during the last one year except delivering good speeches,” he said.
Government chief whip Anant Das, however, said BJD will win the next election too. There is no future for the Congress in the country, he said and added that the party should be dissolved.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday congratulated AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal for his party’s landslide victory in Delhi Assembly elections. “I will like to congratulate Arvind Kejriwal and his party for their tremendous victory in Delhi Assembly elections,” Naveen told mediapersons here.