Rahul held zone-wise “introspection meetings” in Ahmedabad to ascertain reasons for the party’s defeat and said a new Congress leadership has emerged in Gujarat, adding the party will win 135 seats in 2022.
While addressing party workers, Rahul said, “You fought very well. We managed to ‘gherao’ the BJP, as you could see that they were not able to give reply to our questions.”
“Modiji, in the end, spoke about himself, about (former prime minister) Manmohan Singh. But all earlier talk about development and Modi model was debunked by Congress workers and the people of Gujarat,” he said.
The entire country was asking what happened to the Gujarat model. Modiji would not be able to talk about it in the future,the Congress chief said.
“The question asked three or four months ago was can the Congress fight elections, nobody was talking about us winning it. The Gujarat Congress has shown the entire country that if it fights in one voice on the basis of its ideology, it won’t get defeated,” he said.
“We lost in the elections, but we won. That is the reality. We won because they (the BJP) fought with anger, they had all the equipment, money, chief ministers of different states (to campaign), industrialists, but we had truth,” the Congress chief said.
Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi also visited the Somnath temple in Gir Somnath district.
While the BJP retained power in Prime Minister Modi’s home state by winning 99 seats in the Assembly polls earlier this month, the Congress increased its tally significantly by winning 77 seats.
(With PTI Inputs)