HP, Gujarat win will not bring BJP to the Centre, says Congress

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi, Dec 28 | Updated: Dec 29 2007, 07:08am hrs
The Congress on Friday said that it did not expect a defeat in Himachal Pradesh and said that the loss will be comprehensively analysed.

The ruling Congress could win only 23 seats in the elections, while the BJP once again came to power in the state with 41 seats in its kitty out of the total 68. We fought the elections on the plank of development and our government was instrumental in carrying out a lot of development. We were not expecting such an outcome, Congress leader in-charge of the state RK Dhawan said here.

Refusing to make an analysis of what could have gone wrong, he said the reasons for the defeat would be comprehensively studies by the party.

It will not be possible to say at this stage what has gone wrong. The party suffered losses in Mandi and Kangra regions of the state, Dhawan added.

However, Dhawan said the BJP will be day-dreaming if it believed that the Himachal and Gujarat results will take it to the Centre.

Dhawans reaction on the Himachal outcome was at variance with the mood and feeling in the party with several party leaders maintaining during the campaign that the hill state was a lost case in the polls.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who visited the AICC office to attend the 123rd foundation day celebrations of the party, however, did not comment on the election debacle. She ignored all questions on the defeat.