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Sonia gets four-nil as birthday gift

Accepting the people’s verdict, she said on Sunday said these results call for deep introspection and the party would study ‘the many reasons for this defeat’.

With few months left for the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, the Congress party hasn’t announced its prime ministerial candidate yet. Speaking on the issue on Sunday, Sonia said: ‘People should not worry about it. At the opportune time, we will declare our prime ministerial candidate.’

Addressing a press conference in the capital, she said: ‘We are disappointed with the results, but we accept the verdict of the people. We accept it with humility and would like to congratulate our opponents.’ ‘Obviously, the people are unhappy. Otherwise they would not have voted against the Congress. But, there were many issues like price rise and inflation which are affecting people,’ she added. ‘I believe a great deal of work was done in Delhi, but still the results tell us something else. So, we will try and rectify our mistakes,’ she said on Delhi assembly poll results.

After she spoke, her son and the party’s vice-president Rahul Gandhi said, ‘The people have given us a message through these results, and we have carefully listened to their message. The Congress party has the ability to transform itself, and, stand up to the expectations of the people. We would like to congratulate our opponents who have won. We work for the people and it is our duty to listen to them.’ On AAP’s victory, he said, ‘I think AAP has involved a lot of people, and I am sure, we can learn very much from them.’

Congress general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said there have been several administrative lapses from the party’s side, while adding they will analyse the results and correct their mistakes. He also termed the assembly poll results as a wake up call to all major political parties to act in a more responsible way.

Concerned over the party’s defeat in Rajasthan, Dwivedi said that right decisions were not taken, adding there was lack of communication between the party workers and the government. ‘I understand there are flaws in our system. There have been times when the kind of decision that should have been taken, was not done. There were few party workers who thought we would not win even 50 seats in Rajasthan, and this is not good. Right decisions were not taken at the right time. There might be some administrative lapses from our side,’ said Dwivedi.
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