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Sonia Gandhi blames anti-incumbency for reverses

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday said the party would have "to pull up socks" for the big electoral battle ahead.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2003 20:33 IST

Expressing "deep disappointment" over her party's reverses in the Assembly elections, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday said the party would have "to pull up socks" for the big electoral battle ahead.

Asserting that the party has "not lost hope," Gandhi told reporters here that "people expected much more from us." Obviously "we could not perform to their expectations".

Though the party was happy with the results in Delhi, the Congress president attributed the reverses in Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh partly to anti-incumbency

However, she said the outcome in Rajasthan was "more disappointing and unexpected".

"In Rajasthan there were five years of terrible drought. Still we did work hard for the people, the results have been shocking for us", she told reporters at the Navy Day reception in New Delhi.

The results in Delhi were a shot in the arm, but "we were expecting to win in more states," she said adding the party would have to pull up its socks and do more to be successful in the electoral battles to come.