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Congress concedes defeat; BJP seeks solace in better show

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury

Bhubaneswar, May 16:

The opposition Congress and BJP today conceded defeat after voters rendered a crushing no confidence verdict on both the parties in the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Odisha.

Jayadev Jena at the press meet on Tuesday
Jayadev Jena at the press meet on Tuesday

Congress state president Jaydev Jena took responsibility for the party’s worst ever drubbing in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

“Since I am the party president, I take full responsibility for the defeat. We accept the mandate of the people in all humility,” said Jena in his first reaction after the crushing defeat of his party.

He also congratulated and welcomed the new government to be led by Naveen Patnaik.

As expected, the knives are out against the ‘Jena Brothers’ with senior Congress leaders taking no time in attacking both Srikant Jena and Jaydev Jena blaming the two for the defeat. “The people of Odisha have not given their votes in favour of the Congress, there must be some reason for it. You may ask the two leaders (Congress president and campaign committee chief ) why we perfromed so disastrously. The leaders have the responsibility to clarify on the matter,” said senior Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik.

However, the BJP sought to make a virtue out of the fact that it had done better than in 2009 though it did concede that it had failed to meet the expectations raised this time because of the Modi factor.

KV Singhdeo Bijoy Mohapatra

“The situation has changed this time compared to 2009 elections. We have improved our tally though we could not meet our expectations. The people of Odisha have extended their support to Narendra Modi,” said BJP president KV Singhdeo.

BJP national general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan said, “We have to accept the decision of people. We failed to meet our expectations in three states-Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Odisha. But that does not mean the end of the world. We get the endorsement of the people for the decisive leadership of Narendra Modi,” said Pradhan.

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