Fresh from Lok Sabha electoral triumph, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday asked partymen to start working to restore the party's "historical" role as the natural party of governance".
Expressing gratitude to the electorate for again reposing confidence in the party in Lok Sabha poll, she said "the election is now behind us and hard work must begin. We can now start to restore the
Congress party to its former historical role as the natural party of governance in India".
Addressing the Congress Working Committee meeting in Delhi, she said, referring to the impressive performance of Congress-led UPA in the elections, said "we meet at a moment of great significance and a time of great responsibility and of course great satisfaction".
She said that after many years Congress has emerged with a clear mandate.
"With our pre-poll allies, we have come close to achieving a majority in the Lok Sabha. We are grateful for the confidence that the people have once again reposed in us and we thank them," Gandhi said.
Congratulating party workers and appreciating their sincerity and dedication, she said the results would not have been possible without the hard work of the candidates and the party workers at all levels.