Meanwhile, Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani said on Monday that the winner is king.

Poll verdict a lesson to Congress for criticising Gujarat model UP CM Adityanath
news Assembly Polls Monday, December 18, 2017 - 14:20

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday said the BJP's imminent victory in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat was a lesson for the Congress and those who had criticised the "Gujarat model" of development.

Taking a dig at Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Adityanath said he had predicted that change of leadership in the Congress "will be a good sign for the BJP".

"People all over the world have appreciated the Gujarat model but Congress has raised questions. This is a lesson for the Congress and the opposition parties," Adityanath said. 

Referring to Himachal Pradesh, Adityanath said the Congress has not been able to save its fort. 

He said people have rejected the "divisive politics" of Congress. "The win is due to the dynamic leadership of the BJP and hard work of BJP workers."

Meanwhile, Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani said on Monday that the winner is king, as the BJP was set for victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

"It is a matter of happiness for us. This is the victory of development," Irani said as election trends and results showed the BJP poised to win both states.

Asked about the Congress bettering its performance and giving a tough fight to the BJP in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state, the Minister suggested that the victory margin did not matter.

"Jo jeeta wohi sikandar. It is victory of every (BJP) booth worker's hard work and the people who trusted development.”

Asked to comment on the Gujarat victory, with a margin lower than what the party had touted, Irani said: "A victory is a victory. Are we not forming the government?"

"I am satisfied being victorious. I am happy that after 22 years, we have again won in Gujarat and we have won also in Himachal Pradesh."

"Congress lost in two states. It is a victory of the BJP on the issues of development in all areas. After decisive steps undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in various fields, people have reposed faith in the BJP. PM has focused only on Vikas (development)," she added.

"It is true that the economy is on the path of recovery, but the people are with the BJP," she added.

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