File photo of Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
Modi had promised change (parivartan) and development (vikas) before the 2014 general elections.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi thanked the people and Congress workers — he called the latter babbar shers — after the Congress' poll wins in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
The battle in Madhya Pradesh continues with the BJP and Congress still neck and neck. Gandhi though said the Congress had won all three states.
"I thank people and Congress workers. The victory is of farmers and youths," Gandhi said.
"We have defeated BJP in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh," he added.
Gandhi blamed the BJP's defeats squarely on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"There is a clear feeling in the country that PM Modi has failed to deliver what he had committed," Gandhi said. "Modi got a massive mandate but refused to listen to heartbeat of the country."
Gandhi said that "under BJP", there had been "big mismanagement of economy, unnecessary damage to sections of economy that were doing well".
He added that the "BJP has failed to provide a vision for the country going forward".
And just as Modi had promised parivartan (change) and vikas (development) before 2014, Rahul promised them now.
"It's now time for change. We are going to provide the three states with a vision for overall development," he said.
Gandhi added that the selection of chief ministers in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh would be done smoothly.
"The process of loan waivers for farmers will start as soon as our governments are formed," Gandhi said.
He added though that "loan waiver is a measure, not a solution to farmers' distress".
Gandhi also promised a united fight in next year's general elections, saying the opposition "will fight together in 2019 polls".
He added that "we have defeated the BJP now and we will defeat it in 2019".
Congress President Rahul Gandhi: BJP has an ideology, we'll fight against it & defeat them. We have defeated them today & we will do this again in 2019. But we don't want to erase anyone from the face of India. #AssemblyElectionResults2018 pic.twitter.com/YctpLFJ2Sj— ANI (@ANI) December 11, 2018
Rahul Gandhi, Congress President: When PM was elected to power, he was elected on three platforms—employment, corruption and farmers. It was in people's mind that PM will fight against corruption. Now people think that PM Modi himself is corrupt. pic.twitter.com/5tZVDiaz2J— ANI (@ANI) December 11, 2018
His parting shot was: "I have learnt about a lot of things since 2014; most important being humility".