UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday hailed the Congress’ victory in the Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh and said that it was a "Congress victory over the BJP's negative politics". An evidently happy Sonia Gandhi had also credited Congress president Rahul Gandhi for the victory in the Hindi heartland on Tuesday. "Rahul Gandhi has worked hard... led the party,” NDTV quoted UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi as saying.
The Rahul Gandhi-led party made significant gains in the Assembly elections this time by ousting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the three states.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily said that Rahul Gandhi had “passed all leadership tests”, and would emerge as the Prime Minister after the next Lok Sabha elections.
"People have tolerated too long the misgovernance and the misrule of (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi and his NDA government. And this (results of elections to state assemblies) is an indication that they are totally unhappy with him," the former union minister told PTI. "And the manner in which they (BJP) have carried on certain personal propaganda against Soniaji and Rahulji... people are not tolerating. This is the success not only of the Congress party but also of the (party) leadership," he said.
Rahul Gandhi, he said, has also been successful in mobilising all the forces against Modi. "This (poll to the assemblies) is quite a manifestation of the combination of all the opposition parties against Narendra Modi and NDA," Moily said.