Raman Bahl, who unsuccessfully contested the assembly election from Gurdaspur segment as a Congress candidate, on Saturday said he "humbly accepted the people's verdict" and thanked party workers for their support.
"Though I did not expect this defeat, I humbly accept the verdict of people. With the help of party workers, I will do my best to improve the base of the party at the booth level. I will seek cooperation from all sections of the society to strengthen my position in the next state assembly elections," he said while addressing a gathering of his supporters at his house.
He said his immediate focus would be the coming gram panchayat, block samiti, zila parishad and municipal council elections. He asked party workers not to feel discouraged by the result and promised to stand by them through thick and thin.
He said he would continue to practice the "politics of principles" to carry forward the political legacy of his father Khushal Bahl, a former Punjab minister.