New Delhi: The Congress managed to wipe the BJP out of Chhattisgarh by getting 67 seats in the 90-member Assembly. Incumbent Chief Minister Raman Singh put in his papers late on Tuesday as soon as the trends indicated his party’s rout.
Singh refused to pass the buck to the BJP’s national leadership over the setback and took responsibility for the debacle. “The election was solely contested on state agenda and it is not related to Delhi. We will sit with the party workers and analyse the defeat in detail.”
“This will not reflect on the Lok Sabha election scheduled in 2019. The issues for Lok Sabha are different and the election will be contested on those issues,” he said.
“It is time to work in a new role for Chhattisgarh. We will work with full vigour,” Singh said. His party could manage 15 seats only while Ajit Jogi’s JCC and BSP alliance managed to clinch 7 seats.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepted his party’s defeat and congratulated the Congress for its victory. With the BJP suffering setbacks in its strongholds, PM Modi sought to boost the morale of its workers by saying they worked day and night and that he saluted their hard work.
“Victory and defeat are an integral part of life. Today’s results will further our resolve to serve people and work even harder for the development of India,” Modi said.
Flush from the results in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, Congress President Rahul Gandhi also chose to attribute the win to his party cadres. “This is a victory of Congress workers, small traders, farmers. This is a big responsibility for Congress party and we will work on this,” he said, addressing the media at the party headquarters here.
“We have defeated BJP in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh,” he said. Promising better governance in these states, Rahul said, “We are going to provide these states a vision. We are going to provide these states a government that they can be proud of.” He promised that the selection of chief ministers in the state would be done smoothly.