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K'taka polls: 'Nafrat ka bazaar' shut, 'mohabbat ki dukaanein' opened, says Rahul


Published on: May 13, 2023 | Updated on: May 13, 2023

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi reacts as he addresses the media on results of the Karnataka Assembly polls, in New Delhi, Saturday, May 13, 2023. (Photo: PTI)

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday hailed the party's performance in the Karnataka assembly polls, saying "nafrat ka bazaar" has closed down and "mohabbat ki dukaanein" have opened in the state.

The Congress has won 96 of the 224 assembly seats in Karnataka so far and is leading in 40, while the BJP has won 45 and is ahead in 19, according to the latest trends on the Election Commission website. The Janata Dal (Secular) has bagged 16 seats so far and is leading in 4.

"I thank and congratulate the people of Karnataka, party workers and leaders," Gandhi said at a press conference here.

"I am happy we contested the Karnataka polls without using hate, bad language. We fought the polls with love. In Karnataka, 'nafrat ka bazaar (market of hate)' has closed down', 'mohabbat ki dukaanein' (shops of love) have opened," he said.

In the Karnataka polls, on one side there was power of crony capitalists and on the other there was the strength of poor people, Gandhi said.

The strength of the poor has defeated the power of crony capitalists and this will happen in all states, he said.