Congress Celebration Continues with Torching of Modi's Effigy

Congress leaders celebrating at Sadaqat Ashrma in Patna on Wednesday.

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Patna: Buoyed by their party's unexpected windfall in the Karnataka Assembly elections that allowed them to form government in alliance with the third-place Janata Dal – S thus keeping the Amit Shah-led BJP in check, Congress leaders in Patna on Wednesday continued their celebration at Sadaqat Ashram, the party state headquarters by 'feeding' sweets to a picture of party President Rahul Gandhi.

Led by Bihar Congress President Kaukab Qadri, party leaders and workers shared sweets with each other and played with 'gulal' to celebrate the swearing-in of JD-S leader Kumaraswamy as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka and Congress’ G Parameshwara as his deputy.

"This was a victory of the democracy as people of Karnataka spoke loudly about the leadership of Rahul Gandhi while rejecting the divisive politics of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. Now, the Congress, with the JD-S, will work hard to make Karnataka one of the best administered states in the nation," Qadri said.

Interestingly, while the BJP won 104 seats in Karnataka, a rise of 36.2% from its previous win at 64 seats, the Congress' numbers dipped significantly with its win at 78 seats, down 38% from its previous score of 122 seats.

Congress leaders torching an effigy of PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Congress leaders burnt an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi near Gosai Tola in protest against rising cost of fuel in the nation.

Chanting anti-Modi slogans, Qadri, along with legislator Prem Chandra Mishra, Sadanand Singh, and the members of Congresss women's cell, demanded rollback in petroleum prices and inclusion of diesel and petrol under the provisions of goods and services tax (GST).


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