Published On : Sat, Dec 2nd, 2017

After UP local body polls, dictionaries should re-define sweep, surge

Veteran Congress leader P Chidambaram, a vocal critic of the BJP-led government at the Centre, took to Twitter today to make a stinging remark a day after the BJP won the UP local body polls.

The former finance and home minister wrote, “After media reports on Q2 GDP and UP local bodies, Oxford and Webster should re-define the words ‘surge’ and ‘sweep’.”

He added, “Is a bump from 5.7% to 6.3% a ‘surge’, when the government promised double digit growth? BJP is indeed the winner in UP and congratulations are in order, but is winning about 28% of all contested posts a ‘sweep’?”

The post comes a day after the BJP won 14 of the 16 mayoral seats in the UP local body elections. Many media outlets have stated that the win is a huge indication of how the Gujarat assembly poll results will look like.

In fact, BJP president Amit Shah speaking to a rally in Gujarat said, “Whatever has happened in Uttar Pradesh today is nothing compared to what is going to happen in Gujarat on December 18. After the (vote) counting on December 18, the BJP will emerge victorious and form the government with 150 seats.”