“We are very disappointed with the result. We accept the verdict of the people and congratulate our opponents on winning,” Gandhi told mediapersons here.

“It is a time for deep and introspection,” she added.

When asked about the public mood for 2014 Lok Sabha polls, due in early 2014, she said, “General elections are quite different. People focus on personality at the state level whereas they (people) look for a leader who can guide them and lead them at the national level.”

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on his part expressed confidence that his party is capable of bouncing back despite a defeat.

“Through these elections, the people have given us a message that has been heard by the Congress party and me from the heart,” he said.

“I am going to put my all efforts to reorganize the organization,” he added.

Rahul further said there is a need to think about the politics of empowerment.

“I am going to work with the leadership of the Congress party to make it central,” he added.

Rahul also acknowledged the stunning debut of Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

“I think the AAP have involved a lot of people, which the traditional parties have not done. We have lost... we are going to do a better job now which no party has done. We are going to include many more people now,” he said.

The Gandhian scion, however, refused to give importance to BJP’s prime ministerial Narendra Modi’s growing popularity in the country.

“Modi is the leader of BJP… The Congress party has a vision and perspective…..Our job is to push our perspective, push what we believe in. The Congress party’s focus is on how we can transform this country and how we can use the power of youth to benefit of the country,” he said.


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