Sonia Gandhi, PM hail Karnataka Assembly polls triumph, Digvijay Singh asks who is Narendra Modi
- Patna High Court stays Nitish Kumar's election as JD(U) legislature party chief
- Arvind Kejriwal gets down to business, calls for full statehood for Delhi
- President Pranab Mukherjee warns against deviation from constitutional principles
- Sunanda Pushkar murder case: SIT to quiz Shashi Tharoor tomorrow
- Shanti Bhushan accuses Arvind Kejriwal of accepting 'tainted' money
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi today hailed the party's showing in Karnataka Assembly polls, saying the result was a rejection of BJP's ideology and suggested the same would be repeated in the Lok Sabha elections as well.
Singh praised the efforts of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, saying he took a "leading role" in the campaigning for the polls held on Sunday last.
"It is a clear result against the ideology of the BJP which has been ruling in the state of Karnataka," Singh told reporters outside Parliament House as results from Karnataka polls showed that Congress was well on its way towards achieving a majority.
On the Lok Sabha elections, the Prime Minister said, "The people of the country know what is what and they will reject the BJP ideology as the result in Karnataka shows." He congratulated Congress workers in Karnataka for the outcome.
Sonia Gandhi, when asked to comment on the Karnataka result, said, "I am very happy with the victory in Karnataka. It was a joint effort."
Expressing confidence that Congress will get absolute majority in Karnataka, Finance Minister P Chidambaram promised that there will be a stable, progressive and hardworking government in the state for next five years.
The Congress leader also ruled out early general elections, saying the UPA government has a lot of work to complete.
"We are very happy that the people of Karnataka have voted the Congress party with an absolute majority... We can promise the people of Karnataka that we will give a stable government, a progressive government and a hard-working government in the next five years," Chidambaram said.
On the financial position in Karnataka, Chidambaram said, "We need to retrieve" it.
Asked whether there is any possibility of early general elections in the wake of Congress victory in Karnataka, Chidambaram said, "2014 is one year away. Let's look at the present now. There is a lot of work to be done... a lot of unfinished work between now and 2014."