New Delhi: After losing Delhi Assembly polls and forfeiting its deposit on most seats the Congress on Tuesday held the "communal" campaign of BJP responsible for the results.
Addressing the media at a press conference here, Congress' Delhi in-charge P.C. Chacko said, "We respect the verdict of the people Congress lost the election today. We accept the results with humility. There was a strong polarisation in Delhi. The result is also due to that. Every election is a test of democracy.
"We dedicate ourselves to revive the Congress party. At the same time, we are happy that the most toxic election campaign unleashed by the Prime Minister and Home Minister led by the BJP, is defeated today. That is the message people of Delhi have given today. We are quite sure that we will work hard and come back that's our promise in this hour of defeat."
Echoing the same sentiments, Congress' Delhi president Subhash Chopra said, "Both parties successfully polarised the election. All claims of BJP which the Home Minister was making of winning 48 seats, have fallen flat on the ground. The results reflect that people of Delhi can never go with communal forces."
Talking about Congress' three terms in Delhi, Chopra recalled the work done by Congress stalwart and three-time Chief Minister, the late Sheila Dixit, he said "We feel that the kind of work we did in Delhi, they cannot even imagine. But it is people's mandate that they have won. They successfully showcased their work through their election campaign as expensive as Rs 3,192 crore and convinced people but the reality is that all flyovers, Metro and other development work has been done by the Congress party.
"Delhi has suffered in last five years, especially students, whether it is Jamia, JNU or Gargi College where outsiders molested girls. Our girls are not safe inside the college premises. Where is home minister, central government and where was the Chief Minister of Delhi?"
Congress national spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said "This mandate and message of people of Delhi is definitely against us but it is also against the communal leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. People have rejected their ideology."
"People of Delhi have given their mandate against the Congress party. We accept the mandate and their message with humility. We repeat in our heart the pledge to reboot the Congress party and assure our party workers that we will keep a vigil on Delhi's structural development, water and electricity, unemployment and the economy. We will keep a watch and will keep giving constructive feedback to the ruling party."