New Delhi: The results of the Assembly elections in the five states have provided the Congress with an opportunity to hit back at the BJP which has been continuously trying to destabilise the UPA government. Cashing in on the opportunity senior Congress leader and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said the Assembly election results should teach the Opposition party the right lesson and the BJP should stop undermining the Central government.

He also accused the BJP of trying to destabilize the government since 2008. “Now the BJP should wait with patience for three years,” Mukherjee said at the Congress headquarters after the results of the five states were out.

Strengthening his point, Mukherjee said the polls were held in more than 800 Assembly seats in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry. Despite being a national party, which claims to form government in these states could not even win a double digit figure, Mukherjee said.

Discussing the landslide victory of Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mamata Banerjee, an ally of Congress, Mukherjee said: "In Bengal, a frail woman within 13 years of launching of her TMC party dismantled the strong CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist) party by reducing them not to three but two digit figure," said a smiling Mukherjee.

"People of Bengal have given their verdict clearly in favour of Mamata Banerjee," he added.
Commenting on the dismal performance of Congress in Tamil Nadu he said, “This reflects that people need a change in their government. We know our mistakes now and will rectify those and try to improve”

Firing a final salvo at the Opposition he said, “Elections arte held every five years in a democracy and responsible parties are expected to wait patiently for that. So, the Opposition should wait for three more years to defeat the ruling party.”

JPN/Bureau