New Delhi: As the trends from the Election Commission indicated a clear victory for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi Assembly Election 2020, a host of Congress leaders gave their mixed reaction on their defeat in the polls. While some expressed sadness for the defeat, other expressed happiness over the fact that the BJP did not come to power in the national capital.
As per the latest trends from the EC, the AAP is leading on 62 seats and the BJP is leading on 8 seats. However, the Congress, just like 2015, so far has not opened account in the Delhi polls.
Holding a press conference, Congress’ Delhi in-charge PC Chacko said, “We respect the verdict of the people, the Congress lost the election today. We accept the results with humility. There was a strong polarisation in Delhi. The result is also due to that. Every election is a test of democracy.”
Chacko said the party members dedicate themselves to revive the Congress. “We dedicate ourselves to revive the Congress party. At the same time, we are happy that the most toxic election campaign unleashed by the Prime Minister and Home Minister led by the BJP, is defeated today. That is the message people of Delhi have given today. We are quite sure that we will work hard and come back that’s our promise in this hour of defeat,” he added.
Soon after the trends were out, former Union Minister P Chidambaram said the people of Delhi have defeated the dangerous agenda of the BJP.
“The AAP won, bluff and bluster lost. The people of Delhi, who are from all parts of India, have defeated the polarising, divisive and dangerous agenda of the BJP. I salute the people of Delhi who have set an example to other states that will hold their elections in 2021 and 2022,” Chidambaram said in a tweet.
Echoing the same sentiments, Congress’ Delhi president Subhash Chopra said, “Both parties successfully polarised the election. All claims of BJP which the Home Minister was making of winning 48 seats, have fallen flat on the ground. The results reflect that people of Delhi can never go with communal forces.”
On the other hand, Congress national spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said though the mandate and message of people of Delhi is definitely against the Congress, it is also against the communal leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
“People of Delhi have given their mandate against the Congress party. We accept the mandate and their message with humility. We repeat in our heart the pledge to reboot the Congress party and assure our party workers that we will keep a vigil on Delhi’s structural development, water and electricity, unemployment and the economy. We will keep a watch and will keep giving constructive feedback to the ruling party.”