With the Congress showing an upward trend in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, Milind Deora has credited the party president Rahul Gandhi for the current victory. He also said that the heartland has spoken for development.
The trend in Chhattisgarh is strongly leaning towards Congress since the voting began on Tuesday morning. The party is currently leading in 54 seats, far ahead of BJP that leads in 28 seats and BSP which is showing an upward trend in 7 seats.
In Rajasthan too, the party has consistently seen an upward trend. The Congress is leading in 101 seats and the BJP in 76 seats, others are leading in 22 seats.
Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said on Tuesday that he was confident that his party would form the government in Rajasthan. The decision on the chief minister's post would be taken by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party members of the legislative assembly (MLAs), Mr Gehlot added. He also credited Rahul Gandhi for the party's good performance in all the five states, including Rajasthan.
"Congress has won the mandate. Numbers can go up and down but public's mandate is in the favour of Congress. We will get clear majority, still we would want independent candidates and parties other than BJP to support us if they want," Mr Gehlot said while addressing the media.
In Madhya Pradesh, the party had reached the half-way mark and but then the trends were fluid for BJP as well as the Congress. Currently, Congress has a slight margin as it leads in 113 seats whereas the BJP leads in 107 seats.
CM candidate Sachin Pilot expressed his satisfaction with the performance of his party and was confident that Congress will come out victorious in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh as well.
Speaking to the media, at the time of counting when Congress was being projected to get 100 seats, Pilot said, "From the early trends, it is very clear that the Congress party will come to power with a full majority. We should wait for the final result, but the indications in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and in Rajasthan confirms Congress will form the government. It is the hard work of the Congress workers in the last five years that we are growing from 21 seats to attaining full majority."