Mumbai: In a statement on Sunday, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge thanked the people of Telangana for electing them to power. He also acknowledged that the party’s performance in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan has been “disappointing,” but vowed to “overcome temporary setbacks” and fully prepare for the Lok Sabha elections alongside the “INDIA parties.”
“I thank the people of Telangana for the mandate we have received from them. I also thank all those who voted for us in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Our performance in these three states have no doubt been disappointing, but with determination, we reaffirm our strong resolve to rebuild and revive ourselves in these three states,” the Congress chief said in a post on ‘X.’
Thanking the party workers, Kharge said, “The Congress party fought a spirited campaign in all these four states. I acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of lakhs of our workers.” On the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress chief said, “We will overcome temporary setbacks and prepare ourselves fully for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections along with the INDIA parties.”
In order to oppose the BJP collectively in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, a number of opposition parties, including the Congress, SP, RJD, JD(U), and DMK, have merged to establish the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA).
Defending its government in Madhya Pradesh and regaining power from the Congress in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, the Bhartiya Janata Party looks to be pulling off a historic win to drive the Congress out of office in the three heartland states.
The Congress, which had hoped to win Madhya Pradesh and hold onto Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, is now well behind the BJP in all three states.
The Congress, which had just one Lok Sabha seat in MP and just two in Chhattisgarh, will now realise that it no longer holds any aces in the Hindi Heartland and is now a party relegated to the South of the Vindhyas.