BJP is like Tendulkar, scores many tons, sometimes zero: Himanta

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma is at his humorous best as he pokes fun at Congress’s reaction after winning Karnataka assembly election

| Updated: 14 May, 2023 9:09 pm IST
Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma

NEW DELHI: Known for mincing no words, Assam Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is famous for his in-your-face comments, sometimes laced with humour, wit or sarcasm.

His dislike for Congress is an open secret, as he has missed no opportunity to poke fun at his rivals.

CM Sarma was at his humorous best as he compared the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to Indian cricket great Sachin Tendulkar while talking about the party’s loss in the Karnataka assembly election.

“BJP is like (Sachin) Tendulkar, who scored many tons but sometimes got out on zero,” CM Sarma said while talking about the party’s loss.

For the record, the Indian maestro scored 100 centuries while also failing to open account 34 times in his career spanning more than two decades involving 664 matches across the formats.

The Congress won 135 seats in the election for the 224-seat Karnataka legislative assembly. While the party fell short of its tally of 178 seats in the 1989 assembly election, their impressive tally will serve as a boost to their already sagging confidence ahead of the 2024 general elections.

Reacting to Congress’ win, CM Sarma said, “They just won in one state and they made so much noise. We have won so many times, but we never made so much noise.”

“I have been watching them since yesterday. Their reaction is like they had won some world war or something,” he added.

While Congress will pin its hopes on building momentum for the 2024 general election, CM Sarma is confident the setback in Karnataka will not have any bearing on the BJP’s attempt to form government at the centre for the third consecutive time.

“The opposition is taking this win as a straw to hold on to in the ocean, but it will have no impact in the future,” CM Sarma said.

In a surprising move, CM Sarma, on Saturday, said that the Karnataka assembly election result was not surprising to him.

“It was certain from the discussions over the last two-three months that the BJP would not be able to put up a good performance,” CM Sarma, who was one of the star campaigners, said.

Despite the setback in Karnataka, CM Sarma is gung-ho about the prospects in Telangana. “In Telangana, whether it is Congress or TRS/BRS, we are not concerned. But we firmly believe that we will form a government in Telangana (after the assembly election scheduled for later this year).”

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