Verdict 2012: Voices

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Verdict 2012: Voices
I own responsibility, says Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi, who was the face of the Congress campaign in Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh,  owned responsibility for the party's dismal performance which he termed as a "very good lesson" for him.

"I own the responsibility for this...This is one of my defeats and I take it in my stride," said the young Congress General Secretary who extensively toured Uttar Pradesh and addressed over 200 rallies during the month-long campaigning.

'Hurt' Digvijay owns responsibility for Cong's poor show in UP

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh today owned "full responsibility" for the party's flop show in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections but skirted questions about resigning from the post over the issue.

"This matter is between me and Congress President Sonia Gandhi," was his brief response when asked whether he had offered to resign from the post of AICC general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh after party's dismal performance.

"I am extremely hurt, disappointed and feel guilty...I am a loyal sepoy of Congress. I take full responsibility for whatever has happened," Singh told reporters after meeting the Congress president here.

He also sought to insulate Rahul Gandhi from the issue of responsibility, saying the party could not convert the wave generated by Gandhi's election campaign into votes due to "poor leadership in the state".

SP will implement all promises made during polls, claims Akhilesh

A triumphant Samajwadi Party said it would implement all promises made by it in the election manifesto for Uttar Pradesh, including execution of Sachar and Rangnath Mishra committee recommendations.

State Party President Akhilesh Yadav, said the SP, which is heading towards a majority, was supported by all sections of society irrespective of their caste and creed which proved that people had accepted the issues on which the party went to polls.

"It was only SP which came out on streets on issues of public interest", he claimed and added that the SP government would ensure a corruption free environment and try to change the state, which is backward.

UP poll results below expectations for BJP: Gadkari

"We are in a position to form governments in the three states of Punjab, Goa and Uttarakhand...I am confident that this result will give strength to the BJP," party president Nitin Gadkari told reporters here.

"BJP did not get the support we expected," he said, adding that the people of Uttar Pradesh wanted to change the BSP government and so supported the Samajwadi Party.

Refraining to make a comment on the leadership of the Congress campaign in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP chief said the results have given a "big shock" to the Congress.

"I do not want to make any comment on the Congress leadership but Congress party had made the elections a prestige issue for Rahul Gandhi. The results have come as a big shock for the party," Gadkari said.

Badal credits SAD-BJP victory in Punjab to people

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal said, "It is the people's confidence in the chief minister Parkash Singh Badal's leadership and the work done by him that led to SAD- BJP victory in Punjab."

While the chief minister said, "I am falling short of words to thank the people of the state", Sukhbir Badal thanked the people of the state "for reposing confidence in the SAD-BJP combine, which created history by repeating a government in the state."

"The credit for this victory goes to the people of Punjab," said the chief minister.

"I am happy that the people have given a clear majority... Both the parties will have their separate meetings as well as joint meeting," he said.

Party president Sukhbir Badal said, "People have voted for performance".

Sukhbir took a dig at Punjab Congress President Amarinder Singh, saying, "for me political vendetta was never on my agenda. On the other hand, Amarinder's agenda was personal attack. It is the people of Punjab and the state's development which have been high on my priority".

Opposition to Lokpal cost Cong dearly, claims Team Anna

In her tweets, Bedi said when congress started to use power "to discredit" anti-corruption movement, it put its own grassroot workers on the defensive.

"Congress appeared to be suffering today 'also' because it was blatantly against effective Lokpal bill. And still is!" she said.

Hitting out at Congress leadership, she said, "People need their political representatives to communicate with them and not read written speeches. Voters punish them."

"Rahul Gandhi's speech in Parliament on Lokpal will remain a gamechanger. Had he heard the voices from Ramlila Ground (where Anna Hazare was protesting), the entire country would have been behind him," she said.

"Recall Badals, BJP, Left parties came to Jantar Mantar and publicly committed for independent-effective Lokpal and Lokayukt. Congress did not," she said.

Salman Khurshid needs time to analyse Congress' poll debacle in UP

"The campaign looked very good but I cannot take any instant decision. Please allow us some time," Khurshid said while replying to a question on what went wrong for the Congress party in UP.

Putting up a brave face, he said while the results are disappointing, Congress has performed better than last time and added that "there would be other elections two years down the road and five years down the road."

Khurshid refused to be drawn into the comparison between Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav.

"Do you think I know Akhilesh that well... Please give us little time for the wisdom to dawn on us," Khurshid said.

People's verdict accepted, says Rashid Alvi

With the party relegated to the fourth position in Uttar Pradesh, Congress accepted the verdict of the people which was "against our expectations".

Party spokesman Rashid Alvi said "whatever verdict has been given by the people, we have accepted....It was against our expectations and we will find out where we have gone wrong".

Sushma Swaraj slams Congress for its dismal performance in UP

"Congress and the media had created a big hype about Rahul Gandhi. Congress had made it a prestige issue. These results show that this is the second consecutive defeat for Rahul," Swaraj told PTI.

She said the mandate in the elections is against "corruption, price rise and communal politics" of Congress.

Asked about the BJP's performance in the elections, she said the results were "not unexpected for us in Punjab and Uttarakhand, but we could not do well in UP as it has been a mixed bag for us. We could have done better in UP."

Ramdev sees poll results as people's verdict against graft

Claiming that the verdict of the people's court was clearly against corruption and Congress's reluctance to act on the demand of bringing back the black money stashed in foreign banks, Ramdev said Congress was now akin to a "sinking ship".

"The way the corrupt party has been vanquished and wiped out in the country shows the country has got justice.

"I held uncountable public meetings in these four states and reached almost 11 crore people and as a result the party bearing Ravana-like arrogance has been defeated," he told a press conference here.

Taking repeated digs at Rahul Gandhi without naming him, he said, in UP, the face-off was between two youths and the loser should learn a lesson from the "mega defeat".

"The youth who is used to a palatial lifestyle took a lot of pains. He travelled to villages, visited the homes of the poor and endured mosquitoes at their places.

"But he lost because he said no on the question of declaring black money a national asset. His part insulted a sanyasi, and insulted the people," he charged.

People's verdict supreme, says Bhupinder Singh Hooda

"This is democracy...We welcome what people (of Punjab) have decided (voting SAD-BJP back). People's verdict is supreme," Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the chief minister of Haryana told reporters when asked to comment on the Punjab election result.

UPA govt at the Centre has no moral right to continue : Chautala

INLD Chief Om Prakash Chautala said the UPA government at the Centre had no moral right to continue in power.

"Every section of society is unhappy over anti-people policies of the Congress.

"The election results have proved that people have voted against the Congress," Chautala told reporters.

Cong poor showing due to non-performance, corruption: Patnaik

"You can see from the results today of the various states that the Congress party has failed very badly. This is because of non-performance and making false promises, also everyone knows of their reputation for corruption," Patnaik told reporters in his reaction on the polls results after meeting Food Minister K V Thomas here.

Patnaik also said that Congress which has been making tall promises to the people, failed to fulfill them.

"This has angered people who no longer show trust on the Congress," he added.

Organisational weakness led to BJP's poor show in UP: Jha

Madhya Pradesh BJP President Prabhat Jha said here that organisational weaknesses contributed to the party's poor show in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

"It is time for the two national parties, Congress and the BJP, to ponder as to why they could not do well in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections," Jha told reporters.

He also said that his party had returned to power along with the Akali Dal in Punjab, on its own in Goa and was involved in a neck-and-neck fight with the Congress in Uttarakhand.

Regarding Manipur, he said it was known that the BJP did not have a strong presence in the North-Eastern state.

Results reflect 'strong resentment' against govt policies: CPI

The CPI said the assembly election results reflected a "strong resentment" among the people against government policies.

Terming the results as a "disaster for the Congress", CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said, "There is strong resentment among the people against the policies pursued by the government".
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