With Congress party gearing ahead in the states of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, and fighting a neck-to-neck competition in Madhya Pradesh with BJP to win the assembly elections 2018, party president Rahul Gandhi addressed the media in the National Capital on Tuesday evening.
Speaking on the results of the state elections, that is widely being termed as the semi-final to the 2019 national elections, the Congress chief extended congratulatory messages for the party leaders and credited them for the party's victory.
"The election results are out and I would like to congratulate all leaders in the states in which we have won and even in the states we have lost. It is the victory of the Congress workers, farmers, youth and small scale industrialists. Now, it our job to listen to the verdict of the people and provide a vision to all the states in which we have won. In Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, we have defeated BJP. The credit goes to the hard work of the party workers. The fight was with the BJP Chief Ministers and we have defeated them, But I would like to extend thank to those CMs as well. But now the time for change has come. We now have a lot of work to do in all the states that we have won. All the people have supported us and we have to provide them with a government and a vision. We are going to take over and try and do our job," Rahul Gandhi said.
Later, he went onto hit out at BJP, stating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has broken the faith of the youth by not fulfilling the promises he had made to them.
"The central question here is how does the government intend to give jobs to millions of our youngsters. There is a sense among the youngsters that the PM Modi has broken their faith by not fulfilling the promise of employment he made to them. and the same feeling is there among the farmers. There is a sense of discontent. We are going to work in these three states to give them a future. It is clear-cut that whatever Mr Narendra Modi committed, he has not been able to provide. That is something that we felt thoughout the campaign since people were coming to us and telling us that," he added.
Further asking to the questions of the reporters, the Congress chief targeted the Prime Minister adding that the nation is not happy with the steps taken by the BJP government by raking demonetization and lack of employment opportunities. He said:
"I think I have been saying it for some time now, with the resurgent Congress party in the states, and in the states where BJP is ruling and the combined opposition, it is going to become very difficult for the Prime Minister and BJP to win the elections. That is pretty clear. This is the clear message for the PM that the country is not happy with what they are doing, they are not happy with demonetisation, they are not happy with the lack of jobs."
However, while expressing joy over Congress' victory, he said that he had expected a better result in Telangana.
At 9 pm, with the counting of votes yet to conclude, Congress appears to have won in Chhattisgarh, is poised to form a government in Rajasthan, and equal in terms of seat-share trends in Madhya Pradesh with the BJP. As for the states of Telangana and Mizoram, the party cut a sorry figure, as they were comprehensively routed out by TRS and MNF respectively.