Rahul Gandhi reacts to Congress defeat in Gujarat and Himachal elections 2017; here’s what he said

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New Delhi | Updated: Jan 03, 2018 8:32 AM

After remaining silent all morning, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has finally reacted to the Congress' defeat in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Elections.

Rahul Gandhi reacts to Congress’ defeat in the assembly elections

After remaining silent all morning, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has finally reacted to the Congress’ defeat in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Elections. As per trends, the grand old party has lost in Himachal Pradesh. In Gujarat, the aggressive election campaign by Rahul Gandhi, in which he also roped in Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel, hasn’t been able to make the Congress victorious. However, Rahul Gandhi has asked the Congress party workers not to get demoralised and has claimed that he isn’t disappointed with the loss. Reacting to the verdict in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, Gandhi stated that he was ‘satisfied, not disappointed.’

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The assembly elections in the state have been no less than a war between the Congress and the ruling BJP. Congress’ newly appointed President Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi left no stone unturned to win over the people of the state during the election campaign. A common aspect of their election campaign was the fact that both the leaders addressed a number of rallies and visited many temples. BJP has (had) been in power in Gujarat since 1995. The opinion polls before the Gujarat election showed BJP securing the majority but with an extremely small margin. The Congress has been looking for a turnaround this time. Seen as the semi-final before 2019, General elections, the Gujarat elections were held in two phases on December 9 and 14.

Coming to Himachal Pradesh, the BJP has taken the front seat since the very start of the vote counting. Going by the leads, BJP is inching towards a majority in the state with the Congress trailing behind. The hill state went to polls on November 9 in a single phase with the Congress and the BJP locking horns in 68 constituencies. Congress President Rahul Gandhi conducted only three rallies in the state, all in a single day, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP party chief Amit Shah led an active election campaign in the state.

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