New Delhi: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi has expressed happiness over the assembly polls outcome, particularly in  Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. She also called it a victory over the BJP’s “negative politics”.

Sonia’s reaction came after the Congress ousted BJP governments in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

The Congress made significant gains in the Assembly elections, emerging as the single largest party in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. The party is all set to form the government in all the three states.

The three crucial victories are expected to revive the political fortunes of the Congress that suffered a string of defeats since 2014 when the Modi-led NDA stormed to power at the Centre. It’s also proven that Rahul Gandhi, who took over as president of the Congress from his mother Sonia Gandhi exactly a year ago on December 11, 2017, is a viable alternative to Narendra Modi in 2019.

Sonia led the Congress for 19 years before handing over the reins to Rahul.

Meanwhile, the BJP is keeping up the tempo and heading into campaigning for Lok Sabha 2019 elections right away, said reports. Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be launching his election campaign from Rae Bareli, the parliamentary constituency of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

While the December 16 visit is, ostensibly, to flag off the newly-built coaches at Rail Coach Factory in the district, senior leaders said it would be a message to party workers to gear up for Lok Sabha elections. He is also likely to launch some development schemes, said reports.

With the Assembly elections proving to be a damper for the BJP, it is not a surprise that the party wants to keep the cadre in high spirits, said a leading portal.