Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh said on Tuesday that rebels and Dera Ballan support to Bahujan Samaj Party were among the factors responsible for his party's defeat in the just concluded assembly elections in the state.
Speaking at the LeaderSpeak programme at Hindustan Times office in Mohali, he pointed out that 22 rebels damaged Congress poll prospects.
"There were 81 independents to start with. Finally, 22 were left in the fray, who were funded by SAD leader Sukhbir Singh Badal. They did the damage," the former chief minister claimed.
Secondly, he said, Dera Ballan supported BSP which bagged 4.3% of the voteshare. "This affected us, despite the fact that I too had visited Dera Ballan," he remarked.
He also claimed that the Shiromani Akali Dal took credit for the atta-dal scheme, which was funded by the Centre.
Asked if he would quit politics, he said everyone had to hang his boots one day. "I will quit politics, but when, that is the question," he remarked.
He asserted that before going, he would like to win elections in Punjab one last time.
When asked why he resigned as Punjab Congress chief, he said that he was responsible for the results. "If I take the party in the battle, I take the responsibility," he said.