NEW DELHI — Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday evening congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his spectacular victory in the Lok Sabha elections and asked him to “take care of the interests of the country.”
Addressing the Press in New Delhi, Rahul Gandhi also conceded his defeat in Amethi and asked his political opponent and BJP leader Smriti Irani to “nurture with love” the constituency that has been his family stronghold for nearly four decades.
Accepting the verdict of the people, Rahul asked his party men and workers, who believe in Congress, not to fear as eventually we will succeed, and reiterated that the Congress vs BJP is a contest of ideologies.
“Janata maalik hai,” he said (we report to the people), adding, however, that his party workers must fear not (“daro mat“). “We will win eventually,” he said.
Congress president, however, did not take the question on his accountability for the party’s crushing defeat saying “today is not the day for that.” As of now, attention must remain for now on Mr Modi’s victory and the unanimous choice of the people, he said.
“Frankly, today is the not the day to discuss what I think went wrong because people of India have clearly decided that Narendra Modi is going to be their Prime Minister and as an Indian I respect that,” Rahul Gandhi said.
To a question on whether he would resign, he said: “I don’t need to comment on that. That I will take up with the Congress working committee when we meet next. Let that be between me and the working committee.”
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi lost Amethi seat to Smriti Irani by 38,449 votes as the final result came in.