The ex-UPCC chief however accepted the defeat and said that the result of Delhi Assembly elections is a matter of concern for the party. (Agencies)
"We humbly welcome the verdict. In due course we will analyze the reasons behind the defeat. Remember, these four states have always been a stronghold of BJP and yet they (BJP) have failed to get a simple majority in Delhi and struggled for a win in Chhattisgarh," Rita Joshi said in a telephonic conversation.
Rita, also the woman face of Congress in Uttar Pradesh, said that Shiela Dikshit is still a popular leader in Delhi and it is surprising that she lost to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal.
She rebutted the claims that it was Modi who attracted voters. "BJP may have gained seats but Modi factor is completely missing because vote share of BJP in Delhi this time has come down as compared to the 2008 polls," she claimed.
On being asked about the main reason behind Congress' drubbing in Delhi, she said, "After holding power for 15 years, people were looking for a change. Anna's movement threw up a new party - 'Aam Aadmi Party', which promised a new style of governance and Congress' voters shifted towards them.”
Abbas Haider, former chairman of Uttar Pradesh Congress marketing cell said that price rise and lack of governance is definitely not a reason for the Congress defeat in Delhi.
Joining the chorus with Bahuguna, he also said that it’s not Modi, who is behind BJP votes. "Had Modi been a factor then BJP would not have fallen short of majority," he said.
The ex-UPCC chief however accepted the defeat and said that the result of Delhi Assembly elections is a matter of concern for the party.