“The results in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are disappointing.... Congress accepts its defeat with great humility.... We concede that we have lost there,” party spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said when asked about the trends. He, however, dismissed suggestions that the performance of Bharathiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Assembly polls was an indication that the party could sweep the Lok Sabha election next year. He recalled that BJP had won 2003 Assembly polls but lost badly in the Lok Sabha elections. “Any celebration ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls will be premature. BJP refuses to learn from history.... There was similar sort of upbeat mood in the BJP in 2004, when the NDA had lost,” he said. Surjewala also said that Chhattisgarh “is a ray of hope” and Mizoram “will also bring some heer”.
Expressing suprise over the results in Delhi, where the debutant Aam Aadmi Party is competing with BJP for the first place, AICC general secretary in-charge for the state Shakeel Ahmed said, “We were not expecting these results. The reasons for this will be analysed”.