PM Modi says in reply to Rahul Gandhi

"Narendra Modi and the BJP on their victory in Uttar Pradesh & Uttarakhand".

Saturday's assembly election results from five states have shown that the Congress needs strong regional leaders to take centre stage if the party wishes to ensure its survival in the national political space.

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Terming the poll verdict in Manipur and Punjab as a defeat of the anti-national forces, he said, the people of Manipur have raised the voice of nationalism while those in Goa and Punjab have outrightly rejected the forces which have worked against the Constitution and encouraged anti-national elements. Sandeep Dikshit - whose mother and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was originally to be the Congress Chief Ministerial candidate - also added that his mother was treated very badly by the party.

Political commentator and senior journalist S. Nihal Singh said Uttar Pradesh was a minus point for Rahul Gandhi as his campaign was not too effective.

Powered by a Modi super-wave, the BJP has registered a massive victory in the Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh. "It is time for Congress to go beyond dynasty", Mukherjee said.

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The traditional Congress votes were not transferred to the SP as much as it was expected.

"The Nehru-Gandhi family is the greatest binding factor for the Congress and the leadership has to come to Rahul", he said. His failure to strike a chord with the voters have seen the Congress decimated once again in the heartland state of Uttar Pradesh.

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