Delhi Congress chief Subhash Chopra is 1st casualty of party’s crushing defeat
Subhash Chopra had taken moral responsibility for the poll debacle earlier in the day. He had then also vowed to rebuild and revive the party from the grassroot level. By evening, news about his exit emerged.Updated: Feb 11, 2020 22:10 IST
Delhi Congress chief Subhash Chopra resigned from the leadership role in the state unit on Tuesday evening after the Congress’ crushing defeat in the Delhi Assembly polls 2020. The Congress ended up with a little less than 5 per cent vote share in the state elections. The party not only failed to win a single seat but also lost its security deposits in all but three constituencies.
Subhash Chopra had taken moral responsibility for the poll debacle earlier in the day. He had then also vowed to rebuild and revive the party from the grassroot level. By evening, news about his exit emerged.
“The people’s mandate is against us, we accept it. We have resolved to revive and rebuild the party,” Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said earlier in the evening at a news briefing.
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“Attempts to polarize the voters were made by both parties (BJP and AAP) and they were successful to an extent,” Chopra said. The results, however, showed that the people of Delhi were not with communal forces.
The extent of the party’s crushing defeat in the Delhi Assembly polls was such that 63 of 66 Congress candidates lost their security deposits. Alliance partner, the Rashtriya Janata Dal contested from the remaining four seats.
In the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections, the Congress did not win any seat but had managed to notch up a 9.7 per cent vote share. This time round it was completely decimated.
Surjewala said the party’s defeat in the national capital is disappointing but claimed that “we have, however, not lost the battle”.
“The Congress party will go back to the drawing board, recalibrate its policy and strategy and build a new leadership from the grassroot level. We are determined to raise people’s voice in Delhi as a responsible opposition and stakeholder in the progress of the national capital,” Surjewala told reporters.