Panaji, Dec 11 (PTI) With election trends showing reverses for the BJP, Union minister Shripad Naik Tuesday said the outcome of assembly polls in five states is dependent on “local factors” and it is not a verdict on the performance of the Narendra Modi government.Also Read - Good News For Travel Industry: International Tourism in India Likely to Reopen by THIS Date, Announcement Soon

He also called for “introspection” and said the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has accepted the verdict of the people. Also Read - Delhi Unlocks Further as Kejriwal Allows Academic Meets in Schools, Colleges With Restrictions | Check Guidelines

As per trends, the Congress was comfortable ahead of the ruling BJP in Chhattisgarh and has an edge over it in Rajasthan. Both parties were locked in a neck and neck race in Madhya Pradesh while the Congress appeared to be losing power in Mizoram to Mizo National Front. Also Read - Coronavirus in India 26 April 2021 Highlights: Situation in India Beyond Heartbreaking, Says WHO Chief

“This is not a mandate against Narendra Modi-led government but it is due to the local factors that the results have come out this way”, Naik, the MP from North Goa, told PTI over phone from Delhi.

He also said that the anti-incumbency factor seems inevitable in states where governments have been in power for three-four terms.

“But there are some things which needs to be introspected. We need to accept the verdict of the people in a democracy. The BJP has accepted the verdict”, the AYUSH minister said.

He claimed that the opinion polls have projected NDA (National Democratic Alliance) retaining power at Centre after Lok Sabha polls in 2019.

When asked if popularity of the BJP is on slide, Naik said, “In democracy, you will always have ups and downs. All parties face it. Some years ago, we (BJP) were nowhere but are in power at Centre now”.

He said the BJP will have to introspect and find out reasons for “certain failures”.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.