All India Congress Committee General Secretary Ambika Soni on Tuesday said that the landslide victory of AAP is a clear referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, she maintained a brave face about the Congress’s wipe out from the state.
“The BJP can’t make its chief ministerial candidate or others scapegoats. It is Modi’s defeat and a referendum on his working. Didn’t Modi campaign, hold rallies and deploy a whole army of ministers, MPs, chief ministers and party’s top brass in the polls?” she asked.
Soni, who was in Shimla for Congress’s brain-storming session for the past three days said the Congress hasn’t lost the elections for the first time. The party had ruled Delhi for 15 years and had done outstanding work for the people.
“We may not have won a single seat but this is not the end of politics. The Congress will play its role as opposition in whatever form it decides outside the Assembly and emerge from the defeat in two or three years. It’s time for the BJP to think of it’s future”.
When asked about slogans asking Priyanka Gandhi to play a greater role in the party, Soni said, “If she (Priyanka) wants to come, there is nothing stopping her. The Congress is open for anyone who wants to work.”
Soni also congratulated Arvind Kejriwal on his victory but seemed apprehensive about the fulfilment of his promises.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh also extended his felicitations to Kejriwal for winning Delhi assembly elections. He expressed hope that Kejriwal would fulfill the promises he made to the people.