Rahul Gandhi concedes defeat in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly polls

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday conceded defeat in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections calling them the verdict of the people.

Rahul Gandhi
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Taking to Twitter, Rahul wrote, ” 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.”

In another tweet, the newly elected Congress president said that he was proud of his party workers.

He wrote, “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’s greatest strength is its decency and courage.”

His tweets came after a long day of counting in Gujarat, where the incumbent BJP managed to retain its government despite facing 22 years of anti-incumbency.

Earlier a jubilant prime minister, Narendra Modi, had termed his party’s performance in both the states as the victory of development.

He had tweeted, “Election results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh indicate a strong support for politics of good governance and development. I salute the hardworking BJP Karyakartas in these states for their hardwork which has led to these impressive victories.”

BJP won 99 seats in Gujarat, 16 seats down compared to the party’s results in 2012. Congress and alliance secured 80 seats, 19 more seats the party won five years ago. But it fell short of 12 seats to form the government in Gujarat.

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