Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son and party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi speaking to media persons in New Delhi yesterday.
New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi yesterday said her party’s defeat in assembly elections called for “deep introspection” and it would study “the many reasons for this defeat”.
Congratulating her “opponents” for winning in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, a sombre Gandhi told the media that she was “very, very disappointed” with the election results.
“This result calls for deep introspection,” she said. “We have to understand to look at the many reasons for this defeat. We have to look into the way we did not take our message to the people.
“Also, we have to look at our own party if it is well equipped in running an election (campaign).”
Gandhi admitted that “many people were obviously unhappy (with the Congress). Otherwise there would not have been such results”.
She said rising prices of essential commodities was an issue with the electorate. “We will introspect seriously and we will take all necessary action... We will rectify our mistakes.”
Rahul Gandhi, the Congress who is expected to lead the Congress general election campaign, said the party understood voters’ anger and in particular would learn lessons from Aam Aadmi’s strong showing.
“It’s our duty to listen to you... I want to tell you that we have heard what you have said,” said the 43-year-old, whose father, grandmother and great-grandfather have all served as prime minister.