New Delhi: The BJP on Tuesday termed the party's landslide victory in the Gujarat municipal polls as a victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's politics of development and performance over politics of lies peddled by the Congress on Covid management, new farm laws and the economy.

Bharatiya Janata Party national general secretary and Gujarat in-charge Bhupendra Yadav said that the victory shows that people don't trust Congress lies. "The landslide victory for BJP in Gujarat local body polls proves people do not trust Congress's lies on Covid, economy and farm laws. People's faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modiji's leadership is unwavering. I commend BJP's Gujarat unit for this feat," Yadav tweeted.

General Secretary of the BJP Gujarat unit, Bhargavbhai H. Bhatt told IANS that the victory establishes people's faith in the developmental politics of Prime Minister Modi over the politics of lies. "Civic polls results show that people once again showed faith in the development politics of BJP under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi. We are in power in these civic bodies and retain all of them once again. People did not buy the lies peddled by the Congress from Covid to new farm laws," Bhatt said.

The BJP also claimed that the results show that farmers and the people of Gujarat support the new farm laws against which farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh are protesting at Delhi's borders for almost three months.

"Congress tried to create an atmosphere that people of Gujarat are against the new farm laws but today's results show that farmers of the state are happy with the new farm laws brought by the Modi government for their benefit," Bhatt said.

The BJP also sees Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which made its debut in the Gujarat local bodies, as a non-entity in state politics.

Bhatt said the AAP has created an atmosphere of lies and succeeded in misleading people with it. "Except Surat Municipal Corporation, where AAP won 20 odd seats, their performance is dismal in the rest of the state. AAP's politics of lies also fizzled out soon. People of Gujarat believe in politics of development and they continue to vote for BJP for its developmental politics," Bhatt added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the results "very special" and said that for a party serving a state for over two decades to record such a phenomenal win is noteworthy.

He said the results of municipal elections clearly show the unwavering faith people have in politics of development and good governance.

The BJP appeared on course to retain power in the six municipal corporations, winning 409 of the 474 seats where results were declared till evening.

"Thank you Gujarat! Results of municipal elections across the state clearly show the unwavering faith people have towards politics of development and good governance," Modi said in a series of tweets.

"Grateful to the people of the state for trusting BJP yet again. Always an honour to serve Gujarat," he said.

Modi also hailed the efforts of Gujarat BJP workers who reached out to people with the party's vision for the state.

The Gujarat government's pro-people policies have positively impacted the entire state, he said.

"Today's win across Gujarat is very special. For a party that is serving in a state for over two decades to record such a phenomenal win is noteworthy. It is heartening to see widespread support from all sections of society, particularly the youth of Gujarat towards BJP," he said.

BJP chief JP Nadda congratulated CM Rupani and party's state chief C R Patil for the electoral triumph in the civic polls.

He said this "historic win" was the victory of people's unbreakable trust in Prime Minister Modi's politics of public welfare and development.

Whether it is Bihar assembly elections, by-elections held in 11 states or local body polls in Assam, Arunachal, Jammu and Kashmir, Goa, Rajasthan, Ladakh, Hyderabad and Gujarat, the country's farmers, labourers, traders, youth and women have all given their support to the policies of the Modi government, Nadda said in a series of tweets in Hindi.

In another tweet, Nadda also attacked former Congress president Rahul Gandhi over his remarks in Kerala on Tuesday, saying, "A few days back he was in the Northeast, spewing venom against the western part of India. Today in the South he is spewing venom against the North. Divide and rule politics won't work, @RahulGandhi Ji! People have rejected this politics. See what happened in Gujarat today!"

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal congratulated the people of Gujarat after his party registered impressive gains in the civic body polls in the state.

Kejriwal will hold a road show in Gujarat on February 26 to thank the people of the state, the party said.

"Heartfelt congratulations to the people of Gujarat for ushering in a new era of politics," the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief said in a tweet in Hindi.

The AAP, which had fielded 470 candidates across six municipal corporations in Gujarat, won 27 seats in Surat. Its workers celebrated the poll results by cutting cakes.

(With Inputs From PTI)