Mamata terms BJP's victory in Gujarat as face-saving win

ANI | Updated: Dec 18, 2017 19:14 IST

Kolkata [India], Dec 18 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday congratulated the voters ''for their balanced verdict'' and termed the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) victory in the Gujarat Assembly elections as a "face-saving win".

She wrote on Twitter: "I congratulate Gujarat voters for their very balanced verdict at this hour. It is a temporary and face-saving win, but it shows a moral defeat for BJP. Gujarat voted against atrocities, anxiety and injustice caused to the common people. Gujarat belled the cat for 2019."

Hitting out at the leading party, the Congress">Trinamool Congress chief said that the verdict shows "a moral defeat" for the BJP.

Mamata has been a vocal critic of the BJP government, since the party's victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

In the counting that is underway, the Congress is trailing with 70 seats, while the BJP has won 84 seats and is leading in 15 seats in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly.

The BJP is all set to form the government for the sixth consecutive time in Gujarat. (ANI)