Congress concedes defeat, says decision on Priyanka will be taken by Gandhi family

With initial trends of Lok Sabha polls projecting a rout for the grand old party, the Congress on Friday conceded defeat. Narendra Modi has powered the BJP to a historic victory as the party is set to win over 272 seats on its own, with the NDA on course to bag over 310 seats.

Last Updated: May 16, 2014, 12:11 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: With initial trends of Lok Sabha polls projecting a rout for the grand old party, the Congress on Friday conceded defeat. Narendra Modi has powered the BJP to a historic victory as the party is set to win over 272 seats on its own, with the NDA on course to bag over 310 seats.

Associated Press news agency quoted a Congress spokesperson as saying that “the nation voted against us”.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Rajiv Shukla admitted that the latest trends were not in favour of his party. “We will accept people`s mandate,” he asserted.

As the clamour for bringing Sonia Gandhi`s daughter Priyanka to the mainstream grew, Shukla said that the decision should be left to the Gandhi family as it is they who get into politics.

As the counting of votes began and the trends started pouring in from various polling stations indicating several top Congress figures trailing at various places, hundreds of disappointed Congress workers started chanting the slogan “Bring Priyanka, save the nation”.
Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said that there was an "ambience" due to such leads are emerging but expressed confidence that the party will stage a come back with blazing guns after taking corrective measures as the environment changes very quickly.

"I do agree it sounds, it looks a little bleak. But I don`t think that the results even if we lose are going to be by margins being shown by the current leads.
"What else can I say. There are areas in the South, North East, where we will do much better than the BJP. Even on leads, we will expect much better figures in the East, North East and South," Singhvi said.

The Congress spokesperson said that his party fought the election very well but added "we have to introspect" saying the party has 10-12 corrections to do and there is a "need to look at things in terms of policies, persons and future".