Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi came out and addressed media for the first time since his party’s heavy defeat in Uttar Pradesh. He took full responsibility for the loss but added that being in opposition is not a bad scenario either. He said, “We are in opposition, you have ups and downs and we had a little down in UP. We accept it!” However, he didn’t hold back from criticising BJP for the current situation in Goa and Manipur either. He added, “out of 5 states, BJP won 2 and Congress got 3. In 2 of the states, we won democracy is being undermined by them, using financial power and money.”
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He slammed BJP for using money power in Goa and Manipur. He said, “Our fight is against BJP’s ideology, what they did in Manipur & Goa is exactly the ideology we are fighting against.” Earlier in the day, Congress MLA Vishwajit Rane said party’s decision-making was slow in Goa. He says it was a failure on part of Congress leadership as they failed to form the government despite winning 17 seats. He said, “cannot identify an individual but there was a failure.”
Congress won 17 out of seats in 40 in Goa and got 28 out of 60 seats in Manipur but BJP has claimed to form government in both the states with the support of local parties. Since then many Congress leaders have accused BJP for horse-trading in the state. Hovever, senior BJP leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has hit out at Congress by saying that there was no horse trading in Goa and it was Congress’ failure to choose a leader due to their internal tussle that led to party’s downfall.