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Sulking Cong goes into silent mode

Completely rattled by the total rout suffered in Delhi Assembly polls, the Congress on Tuesday even refused to hold its daily briefing with media-persons. Instead a statement from party president Sonia Gandhi was issued which said that the party accepts “the will of the people with humility” and would “sincerely introspect the reasons behind its loss.”

After being completely decimated in Delhi, Congress’ campaign in-charge Ajay Maken and Delhi’s in-charge PC Chacko resigned from their respective posts. Maken along with other 69 Congress candidates was defeated in the election. “I believe I should take responsibility and therefore resign. I was face of the Congress campaign and haven’t been able to win the seat which I contested in as well. This result has nothing to do with party leadership,” Maken told reporters.

Several party members (who didn’t want to be named) voiced their discontent with the way the polls were fought by the Congress under the leadership of Rahul. “It’s strange. If we win it is Rahul’s victory if we lose it is a collective loss,” said one of them. While speaking to them the growing disgruntlement amongst the Old Guard as well as Rahul’s core young team was collectively evident.
Senior leader Anand Sharma said, “We need to introspect and look into what caused this debacle. There are no simplistic answers, it’s a setback but it must not discourage our cadres.”

His colleague Manish Tewari said, “This election sends the messages that the people of India wanted to punish BJP and the prime minster for their arrogance and they thought in their wisdom the instrument of choice to that is the AAP and not the Congress.” Party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “It is too early everyone has to sit back and take stock. This was clear mandate for Kejriwal and a strong anti-Modi sentiment where Congress was rendered irrelevant.”

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