Rahul Gandhi concedes defeat; Sonia pins blame for loss on herself


Congress President Sonia and son Rahul Gandhi accepted responsibility for the party’s worst-ever defeat in the Lok Sabha elections but made it clear the party will continue to fight for social harmony and issues of national interest.

Making a brief appearance before the media, the two leaders congratulated the new government and wish them all the best.

Rahul, who was the anointed the campaign chief of the party in January, said the Congress has done badly in the elections and the party will need to think about it.

Sonia, who spoke later, said “the people’s mandate is against us and I humbly accept the verdict… As Congress President, I take responsibility for it.”

Extending congratulations to the new government, she, however, said, “We hope that it will not compromise with the social unity and national interests. Congress will continue to fight for its principles and will not make any compromise.”