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Rahul Gandhi concedes defeat, congratulates PM Modi

  • Published at 01:49 pm May 24th, 2019
File photo: Rahul Gandhi, President of India's main opposition Congress party, looks up before releasing his party's election manifesto for the April/May general election in New Delhi, India on April 2, 2019 Reuters

At a press conference in New Delhi, the 48-year-old Congress chief accepted the public’s verdict

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has conceded defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections but said that he will continue his ideological fight against the BJP.

At a press conference in New Delhi, the 48-year-old Congress chief accepted the public’s verdict, reports The Statesman.

He said: “People have given their decision. The malik [lords] have given the order. I congratulate BJP and Narendra Modi-ji.”

Thanking Congress workers, Gandhi said that the fight between the Congress and the BJP is of ideology.

He added: “I thank workers of the Congress. Our fight is of ideology – two different thoughts. We have to admit that Modi and BJP have won this election. I congratulate them. I want to tell the Congress workers not to worry.” 

The Congress chief did not respond to questions about what went wrong for his party.

He said: “Today is the date of the mandate and I do not want to go into the details of what went wrong."

“It was a long campaign. I kept a line: you can abuse me, I will respond with love. Whatever happens I will respond with love,” he added.

When asked about determining responsibility for the loss, Rahul Gandhi said: “This is between my party and I. Between me and the Congress CWC.”

When asked to comment on his impending defeat in Amethi, a Gandhi-family bastion—at the hands of BJP candidate and Union minister Smriti Irani—Gandhi simply congratulated the BJP leader and said that he hopes she works for the people with “love.”

Gandhi remarked: “I will say that people have given their verdict in Amethi. I congratulate Smriti Irani. And I want her to take care of Amethi with love."

There were reports that Gandhi had offered to resign as president of his party. However, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala called the reports incorrect.

At the time of writing, Rahul Gandhi was trailing behind Irani in Amethi by 38,449 votes. However, he is set to return to Parliament as an MP with a record victory in Kerala’s Wayanad, where he was leading by a margin of 431,195 votes ahead of CPI’s PP Suneer.

The NDA is set to form a government with a clear majority.