Gandhi concedes INC defeat, loses Amethi but wins Wayanad

Gandhi concedes INC defeat, loses Amethi but wins Wayanad

NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi, the president of the Indian National Congress (INC) and opposition leader has conceded defeat to the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Lok Sabha polls.

“The public has clearly given its decision. I had said clearly during the campaign that the public is the master and the master has given the order and direction. First of all, I would like to congratulate Narendra Modi and the BJP.

“The Congress Party workers and candidates who fought with all their strength and heart — I would like to thank them from my heart. Our fight is a fight of ideologies. These are two different ideologies. One is of Narendra Modi and the BJP and the other is of the Congress Party. But we will have to accept that in this election, Narendra Modi and BJP have won. I would like to give them my heartiest congratulations.

“The people of India have decided that Narendra Modi will be the next Prime Minister.

“I would like to tell the Congress Party workers and the leaders who have won and lost that there is no need to worry. We will fight together and bring victory to our ideology. No one should lose confidence.

“We know that there are a lot of people in this country who believe in the ideology of the Congress party and who believe in the party.”

He conceded after suffering defeat at his home base seat of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh to BJP’s Smriti Irani.

“Smriti Irani (his opponent from the BJP) has won and I would like to congratulate her. The people of Amethi have given their decision and I respect that decision. This is a democracy and I hope that Smriti Irani serves Amethi with love. The people of Amethi have placed their faith in her.”

“This was a long campaign and I had put forth my approach that whatever harsh words or abuses that have been addressed to me, I will always respond with love. Whatever happens, I will always respond with love. This is my philosophy.”

Gandhi had obtained 294,240 votes equivalent to 43.42% against Irani’s 339,743 votes, equivalent 50.13%.

He however won the Wayanad seat in Kerala with 706,367 votes or 64.67%.

Owing to the disastrous outing for the INC, Gandhi has offered to resign from his position as president but the party is unlikely to accept his resignation.

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