BJP accepts defeat in LS polls

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    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party accepted defeat in the Lok Sabha elections 2009.

    Addressing a press conference here, BJP spokesman Balbir Punj said that the initial trends projected that Congress-led UPA is far ahead in the elections.

    He said that the trends in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan was disappointing while Kerala, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, party has totally failed to put good show.

    He said that party accepts the verdict of people and no individual should be blamed for the rout.

    Entire party is responsible for the defeat, he added.
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    BJP virtually concedes defeat
    Virtually conceding defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP has said the trends were "disappointing" and not on expected lines.

    "Trends are not on expected lines. It is little disappointing. We concede UPA is ahead," BJP spokesperson Balbir Punj said as trends indicated that the UPA was racing ahead.

    He said the party's parliamentary board will meet to analyse what went wrong.

    Punj said the trends were also not expected lines in the states of West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala for Third Front.

    Admitting that Congress "seems to have the upper hand", another BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said, "As of now UPA is leading. We are lagging behind."

    Asked what went wrong, Naidu said, "That has to be analysed. It is disappointing, I do agree".


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    Celebrations outside Congress HQ
    Ebullient Congress supporters today erupted into celebrations as initial trends showed the party leading in the seat tally across the country.

    The Congress headquarters here wore a festive look with party workers carrying flowers and buntings, dancing to the music of 'dhols' (drums).

    Many of the supporters sang "Jai Ho", the Oscar-winning number by A R Rahman in the film 'Slumdog Millionaire'.

    In a striking contrast, the BJP headquarters at 24 Akbar road was bereft of any such activity with only senior leaders like Prakash Javadekar, Balbir Punj and Najma Heptullah at the office.

    The Congress workers have also setup a 'hawan' with the picture of party's star campaigner Rahul Gandhi next to it.

    A large flowered cutout of the country has also been installed outside the residence of Congress President Sonia Gandhi at 10 Janpath as party workers burst crackers to mark the trends going in the party's favour.

    While the BJP office started its day on an usual note with party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar meeting the media, at the Congress headquarters, party leaders B K Hariprasad, Oscar Fernandes and Jairam Ramesh were seen holding the fort.

    Congress workers at the party headquarters were seen glued to the news channels and exchanging SMS to share polls results.

    "I am sending SMS to know the update from our leader who is at the counting station. We are regularly in touch through mobile to inform each other about the latest," Raju, a unit level party worker from Uttar Pradesh said.

    Senior Congress leaders were happy over the initial trends from the Uttar Pradesh. "We are happy with the trends in UP. It seems that people have shown their faith in the Congress and expressed dissatisfaction over the ruling Bahujan Samajwadi Party," a senior Congress leader said.

    It was a pensive mood for the party workers at BJP headquarters as the results showed not-so-happy picture for the NDA.
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    The power and essence of Democratic election is the healthy change and change for the development and also lying in the spirit of accepting defeat.

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    Delhi shows the way for India

    NEW DELHI: As capital cities go, Delhi doesn't just lead the way in social and economic development, it also mirrors who is worthy of ruling
    the country.

    Since the first elections in 1952, the party that won Delhi's heart has invariably ruled the country.

    In 1952, Delhi had only four Lok Sabha constituencies and the Congress bagged all of them and also formed the government at the Centre that year.

    This sweep continued in 1957 and 1962 too when the seats were increased to five.

    In 1967, Delhi had seven Lok Sabha seats of which the Congress retained only one. Though the Congress formed the government at the centre, it was the first time that it faced a significant opposition in Parliament.

    In 1971, Congress again bagged all seven seats in Delhi and retained power at the Centre.

    Six years later, Congress lost all seven seats to the then Janata Party due to the anti-emergency wave and for the first time a non-Congress government headed by Morarji Desai was formed at the centre in 1977.

    However, in 1980 Congress snatched back six seats and also managed to secure a term in office at the Centre.

    In 1984, after the assassination of Indira Gandhi, Congress again swept all the seven seats and Rajiv Gandhi became the prime minister.

    Five years later, Bofors scam dominated the political scene and Congress could win only two seats and lost five to BJP in 1989. A non-Congress government headed by V P Singh came to power at Delhi.

    Again in 1991, Congress managed to get only two seats - Sadar and Outer Delhi. But this time, however, Congress' Narasimha Rao formed a minority government.

    In 1996, Congress failed to improve its position and got only two seats, losing five to BJP and the power to rule.

    In 1998, Congress fared even worse. Meira Kumar was the sole Congress winner from Karol Bagh and the six other seats were captured by the BJP, whose leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee formed the government and the Congress warmed opposition benches in the lower house of Parliament.

    In 1999, BJP swept all seven seats in Delhi and remained in power at the Centre.

    Congress under Sonia Gandhi bagged six seats in the capital in the 14th Lok Sabha elections in 2004, ending an eight-year drought of power.

    The Congress-led UPA is all set to form the government this year, but there are no marks for guessing why.

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    Rahul factor spurs up Congress tally

    Till yesterday he was just another political scion. But, Rahul Gandhi has today emerged a leader in his own right, helping add precious numbers to the Congress tally in Uttar Pradesh and across the country.

    Many were quick to write off Rahul, a spitting image of his father late Rajiv Gandhi, as a political force after the Congress received a drubbing in the 2007 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.

    But Gandhi, 39, went ahead with his mission of reaching out to the state's youth.

    During the thick of Lok Sabha elections this year, his sister Priyanka Vadra had said that her brother was someone who was "ready to sacrifice the today for the future".

    His gritty resolve has put the Congress ahead in 20 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, a gain of 11 seats - no mean achievement in a state dominated by regional and caste based political parties.

    A report in portal pressbrief.In, set up by Rahul's camp, acknowledged that the huge success of the party can be attributed to the its pro-development ideology, but Rahul's contribution remains undisputed.

    Rahul addressed 122 rallies across the country in 35 days, repeatedly reminding the need for young people to participate in the political system.

    "This is a turnaround and credit for this goes to Rahul... his tour has been extensive and this is a result of his hard work," said senior party leader Motilal Vohra. Rahul has been credited with injecting fresh enthusiasm in the party, galvanising the strengths of seniors like Vohra and rising leaders like Sachin Pilot.

    The 31-year-old Pilot shared similar views, saying Rahul's leadership infused the much needed boost in the election campaign and goaded first time voters to exercise their franchise.

    Rahul, the Congress' candidate from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, focussed his campaign on UP with as he wanted to restore the lost glory to the party which considered the state as its favourite hunting ground.

    Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who shared the dias with Rahul at two poll rallies in the state, feels that his campaigning did wonders. "It played a magic not only for Congress but also for all UPA allies," he said.

    Having covered nearly 87,000 km on the campaign trail, Rahul, however, says that he was just fulfilling the unfinished dream of his father.

    "There is a work that my father had started, a dream he had dreamt. I come to you today saying allow me to turn that dream into reality," he had said while kicking off his election campaign at Amethi.


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    Supporters throng Race Course Road as 'Singh becomes King'

    Euphoric at the Congress' spectacular performance in the Lok Sabha polls, a large number of people today gathered outside the residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here and burst crackers, distributed sweets and danced to drum beats to celebrate the occasion.

    Carrying placards portraying Singh, the supporters arrived at the 7-Race Course Road residence of Singh and shouted slogans praising the Prime Minister and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

    Hugging each other, cheerful party workers bursted crackers near the residence as news trickled in that the Congress was heading to form the government at the Centre along with its UPA allies.

    The first visitor at Singh's residence was Sheila Dikshit, the Chief Minister of Delhi, where the party has performed brilliantly. Congress has declared Singh its Prime Ministerial candidate.

    Similar scenes were witnessed at Congress headquarters on the Akbar Road and the 10 Janpath residence of party chief Gandhi.

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    Singh Is truly King he needs to be appreciated alongwith Rahul baba and Madam Sonia!!!

    I guess Advaniji, the PM in waiting has to Keep waiting! lol Who is the next PM in waiting? Catch phrases really let the BJP down, if it was India Shining in 04, now it was PM in waiting lol!
     
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    One this is for sure - all these guys sitting at CNN-IBN, NDTV, Times Now etc. are clueless talking heads who have no idea what is happening on the ground.

    The same nonsense about "vote for secularism" and "good governance" blah blah is repeated throughout, without a single thought for the complexity and the numerous local issues on which the voters in different parts of the country cast their vote.

    Not only that, most candidates I saw were elected by wafer-thin margins of a few thousand votes, which means that the verdict could have gone either way depending on whose stars are aligned that day.
     
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    I had a feeling that the Congress would win this election. The reason was that most Indians who vote are poor farmers or the urban lower classes who vote for the party that does the most for them. The NREGS, the waiving of farmers' loans and other social development initiatives that the Congress took certainly helped them more than anything else in this election. By comparison, the NDA government did not really do much for the poor. They definitely helped speed up the economic growth in the country, but that growth only remained confined to a few big cities in India, with economic disparity between the haves and have-nots continuing to rise under their rule.

    The Congress realised that in the last election, and the steps it took in the last 5 years to bridge that development gap and to work for the poor people while sort of remaining nearly static on the economic reforms front was what won them this election.
     
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    NREGA is a populist scheme which will hurt India in the long term, but voters are more concerned about their next meal than any long term benefits I guess.
     
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    Well I'll partially retract my earlier remark. It seems that after making empty statements for the last couple of days, CNN IBN finally had a good discussion on why people voted for whoever they did.
     
  14. johnee

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    Now, that 'their party' has won the elections and they have successfully campaigned for them, they are back to their original task of giving people news..:wink:
     

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