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BJP downplays Anil Vij's remarks on Punjab loss, says it shares defeat with SAD

ANI  |  Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] 

The (BJP) on Wednesday downplayed sports minister Anil Vij's comments that the saffron party would have won if contested elections alone, asserting that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is a valued ally and that it the defeat in the state equally.

leader S. Prakash asserted that the opinion of party president counts and that the rest's choice of words can be ignored.

"Akali Dal is our decade old ally in We have a very long standing relationship with them. We share the results of Different people have different opinions in the party as well, but our president has stood with Akali's and it is foremost important, all others can be ignored," Prakash told ANI.

Reacting to the political debacle of SAD- alliance in Punjab, Vij yesterday said that the saffron party would have won the Assembly elections if it had contested them without the coalition.

"It was mainly an Akali Dal Government in Punjab, was hardly 10 percent of it. So can't call it BJP's loss. I am sure if had contested polls alone then today we would have a Government in the state," he said.

However, hailing the results in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Vij gave credit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for their landslide victory.

The Congress secured 77 out of 117 seats in the Assembly polls, making a strong comeback after a decade.

The AAP won 20 seats in its debut, making it the second-largest party in the Assembly.

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First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 06:42 IST