Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday they will work harder to win the “confidence and trust of people” after his party faced a rout in Assam, which it ruled for the last 15 years, as well as in Kerala in the high-stakes assembly elections.
“We accept the verdict of people with humility. My best wishes to the parties that have won the elections,” the Congress scion tweeted.
“I take this opportunity to thank every Congress worker and leader and our allies for their effort during these elections,” he added.
The BJP raised the issue of illegal immigration from Bangladesh in Assam and voters seem to have given a thumbs-up to the ruling party. The anti-incumbency faced by Tarun Gogoi in the northeastern state also played in the BJP’s favour.
Outgoing chief minister Oommen Chandy could not help Congress in Kerala where the solar scam and allegations of corruption on the part of those considered close to him, like former finance minister KM Mani, seemed to work against the party.
The main opposition party already edged out of power by the BJP at the Centre and also in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir, did not do well in West Bengal where it stitched an alliance with the Left parties.
In Tamil Nadu, where Congress allied with the DMK, ruling AIADMK are set to retain power, trends of the assembly poll results showed.
“We will work harder till we win the confidence & trust of people.”
Exit polls had earlier suggested a summer of discontent against incumbent governments might sweep across Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry, leaving only the redoubtable Mamata Banerjee untouched in West Bengal.