Cong steps up attack on BJP, Left

Congress stepped up attack on BJP and Left after their poor show in elections in five states.

Updated: May 15, 2011, 00:29 AM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Saturday stepped
up attack on BJP and Left after their poor show in elections
in five states.

"BJP contested 761 seats in the Assembly elections in
the five states and could win just five. I wonder whether the
main opposition party is a national party or a notional
party," party spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters here.

On Left he said that its "decline" started from 2008,
when they voted against the UPA during the Indo-US nuclear
deal.
"A message went in the country that they are anti
development. It has culminated in 2011 with their thorough
defeat in West Bengal. Left should review what it should do
when the choice is between a rejected ideology and
development," Tewari said.

He, however, admitted that the results in Tamil Nadu
were a "setback" from the party and it needed to be looked
into.
Tewari at the same time made it clear that the party`s
alliance with DMK will continue.

Asked about the results Kadapa bye-election where
Jaganmohan Reddy won defeating Congress candidate with a huge
margin, Tewari said the mandate was in nature of a tribute to
the former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister late YSR Reddy, who
is widely respected in the region.

He also regretted that Jaganmohan adopted a course
which was unfortunate.

PTI