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Gujarat Assembly Election Result: Rahul Gandhi claims moral victory for Congress, says BJP's propaganda failed

Addressing the media for the first time after the Gujarat Assembly election results were announced on Monday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has claimed a "moral victory", and said it was a "good result" for the party.

Tearing into the BJP, Rahul claimed the saffron party had little new to say while campaigning, reported CNN-News18.

 Gujarat Assembly Election Result: Rahul Gandhi claims moral victory for Congress, says BJPs propaganda failed

File image of Rahul Gandhi. Reuters

"Prime Minister Modi has a credibility problem as even people in Gujarat do not believe in the Gujarat model," Rahul was quoted as saying.

"The BJP is very good at packaging and marketing, but the idea itself is hollow inside. The BJP's propoganda has failed and the party could not answer the Congress' campaign. They have gotten a big jolt," he said.

Rahul also attacked the BJP over corruption allegations. "The prime minister and BJP have remained silent on corruption. They have not said a word on the Jay Shah case or on the Rafale deal," he added.

He further asserted that the Congress will defeat the anger of the ruling party with love.

While accepting defeat in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, Rahul also thanked the people of the two states, and congratulated the victors.

The BJP retained power in Gujarat for a sixth straight term on Monday, after it just about edged past the half-way mark in one of the most bitterly contested elections in recent times. BJP clinched 99 seats out of 182, while the Congress improved its tally as compared to five years ago, winning 77 seats. Smaller parties and Independent candidates clinched six seats.

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Updated Date: Dec 19, 2017 13:36:52 IST