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Congress accepts people’s verdict in assembly elections, fought anger with dignity: Rahul Gandhi

Pitched battles between Congress and BJP marked the campaign trail ahead of counting day, leading to Mani Shankar Aiyar’s suspension.

india Updated: Dec 18, 2017 18:02 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Assembly elections,Assembly elections verdict,Dignity
Congress president Rahul Gandhi arrives for the winter session of Parliament, in New Delhi on a day the BJP emerged triumphant in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections. (PTI Photo)

The Congress accepts the people’s verdict in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, party president Rahul Gandhi said on Monday and thanked his party workers for fighting “anger with dignity” in the polls.

He also expressed gratitude to the people of the two states for the love they showered on him.

“The Congress party accepts the verdict of the people and congratulates the new governments in both states. I thank the people of Gujarat and Himachal with all my heart for the love they showed me,” Gandhi tweeted.

“My Congress brothers and sisters, you have made me very proud. You are different than those you fought because you fought anger with dignity. You have demonstrated to everyone that the Congress’ greatest strength is its decency and courage,” he added.

From the results and trends available till 6 pm, the Congress won 72 seats and is leading in 12 in the 182-member Gujarat assembly, while the BJP was victorious in 87 and leading in five.

In Himachal Pradesh, BJP has won 27 seats, 12 more than that of the Congress. The saffron party was ahead in 17 seats, while the Congress was leading in six. The state has a 68-member Assembly.

First Published: Dec 18, 2017 18:02 IST