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People decided Narendra Modi as PM, I fully respect it: Rahul

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New Delhi, May 23: Conceding defeat, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Thursday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP for their landslide victory in the Lok Sabha polls, and said his party will continue to fight the ideological battle with the saffron party.

Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters, he said the Congress Working Committee will meet soon and decide on whether he should resign as party chief following the electoral debacle.

The Congress could manage to add only a few seats to its 2014 Lok Sabha tally of 44 seats.

“I congratulate Narendra Modiji and BJP for their electoral victory. People of India have decided that Narendra Modi will be the PM again and I fully respect that,” Gandhi said.

“The Congress will continue to fight its ideological battle with BJP unitedly,” he added, asking the party workers not be afraid.

Meanwhile, after the humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, top Congress leaders called for an honest introspection and rejuvenating the party in the larger interest of the country's democracy.

Accepting the people's verdict, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said it is time to reflect on what went wrong and evolve ways on how to rejuvenate the party.

Congress' former general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said he was not surprised at the poll results, while refusing to dwell on it further.

"I am not surprised," he said.

Sharma said, "Accepting the people's verdict with all humility, I congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his victory. I hope the mandate gives grace and wisdom to leave the campaign bitterness behind and work towards unity."

He said that he extends his appreciation to every Congress worker who campaigned hard to convey the message of the party to the people.

"It is time to collectively introspect and reflect on what went wrong and mistakes made that led to this humiliating defeat. We remain committed to the Congress ideology and values and reflect on how to rejuvenate the party for the larger interest of the Indian democracy, with all honesty," Sharma said.

He also hoped that the verdict will leave the acrimony behind and pave the way for collaboration in the larger interest of the nation.

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