Congratulating the Congress, Telangana’s K Chandrashekar Rao and the Mizo National Front for their victories, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said: “We accept the people’s mandate with humility”.
The ruling BJP suffered serious blows in states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh at the hands of the Congress. In Telangana and Mizoram too, its performance remained dismal despite high hopes of a good showing.
“Victory and defeat are an integral part of life,” PM Modi said in a tweet. “Today’s results will further our resolve to serve people and work even harder for the development of India”.
In another tweet, the Prime Minister said: “The family of BJP Karyakartas worked day and night for the state elections. I salute them for their hardwork.”
“Victory and defeat are an integral part of life.” Today’s results will further our resolve to serve people and work even harder for the development of India.
It maybe mentioned that these assembly elections in five states were seen as dress rehearsal for the national elections of 2019. However, putting up a brave face, various BJP leaders said the results will not affect the BJP’s chances. They said State elections are contested on local issues.
“The 2019 fight will be about who is up against PM Modi,” said Raman Singh, the BJP’s three-time Chief Minister from Chhattisgarh, who stepped down in the evening.
Union minister Arun Jaitley said, “We have done reasonably well. We have to introspect. The cadres will have an honest analysis.”
The party, he said, has performed “exceedingly well” in Rajasthan, where “it was predicted that we will be way behind”. The Congress is ahead in 101 seats – one above the majority mark – in the state that for the last two decades has voted out the incumbent government. But the Congress score has not been the sweep it expected. The BJP, under the leadership of Vasundhara Raje, is ahead in 73 seats. Elections were held for 199 seats in the 200-member assembly.
In Madhya Pradesh, the Congress is in a close race with the BJP, which is hoping for a fourth term for three-time Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. “In MP the final jury is still out. We will wait for the last vote to be counted,” Jaitley said.