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Shun negativity, learn from defeat, PM tells Opp post Cong’s poll debacle


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New Delhi/Kolkata, Dec 4: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday told the opposition to shun negativity and learn from defeat, a day after the Congress’ huge poll debacle in three Hindi heartland states which also drew increasing criticism from its allies in opposition bloc INDIA.
The remarks by Modi came after the BJP on Sunday retained Madhya Pradesh with a two-thirds majority and ousted Congress in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh in the Assembly polls. In a face saver for the Congress, the party defeated incumbent BRS in Telangana.
Giving “good advice”, the prime minister asked the opposition not to vent its frustration inside Parliament over the assembly polls defeat and move forward leaving behind “negativity”, saying that may change the people’s perspective towards them.
“The country has rejected negativity,” said Modi while talking to the media outside Parliament ahead of the start of the Winter Session.
“If I speak on basis of the assembly poll results, this is a golden opportunity for friends in opposition. Instead of making plans for venting frustration over defeat, they should learn from this defeat, leaving behind the habit of negativity of the last nine years. If they move forward with positivity this session, the country will change its perspective towards them. A new door could open for them,” he said.
“They are in the opposition but still I am giving them good advice.” As Congress general secretary(organisation) K C Venugopal said the party will introspect on the “disappointing” performance, senior TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee claimed that the Congress was suffering from complacency and called for addressing its “internal strife” before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
“I don’t want to blame anyone, but I will say that many Congress leaders are suffering from complacency and pride. They are not providing opportunities to those deserving and are striving to stay in the limelight. The drawback of the Congress is that the deserving workers were not given a chance to work, and the competent ones were sidelined,” Banerjee, the de facto number two in the TMC, a key constituent of INDIA alliance, told reporters in Kolkata.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she won’t be able to attend the December 6 meeting of INDIA bloc leaders in Delhi, citing prior engagements in North Bengal.
Some opposition leaders, however, said the BJP sweep will not impact the INDIA bloc but its constituents need to work harder for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. (PTI)


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