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Congress acknowledges prospects bleak

LiveMint logoLiveMint 16-05-2014 PTI

New Delhi: With initial trends of Lok Sabha polls projecting a rout for the party, Congress on Friday acknowledged that its prospects appeared “bleak” and said it was ready to play the role of a “responsible opposition”.

Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi also said that there was an “ambience” due to such leads are emerging but expressed confidence that the party will stage a come back with blazing guns after taking corrective measures as the environment changes very quickly.

“I do agree it sounds, it looks a little bleak. But I don’t think that the results even if we lose are going to be by margins being shown by the current leads. “What else can I say. There are areas in the South, North East, where we will do much better than the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Even on leads, we will expect much better figures in the East, North East and South,” Singhvi said.

The Congress spokesperson said that his party fought the election very well but added “we have to introspect” saying the party has 10-12 corrections to do and there is a “need to look at things in terms of policies, persons and future”.

“Environments change very quickly. Congress is a great party. We have a long tradition. We have fought this election well. We have to introspect. We have some 10 12 things of correction to do. Look and see how these things change very quickly. “Wait for a while. Do those corrections and you will see Congress coming back with blazing guns. We have been in power for ten years. Surely we can sit in the opposition and play the role of a responsible opposition but we have to do those corrections and we have to look positive,” Singhvi said.

Asserting that there is great amount of talent and tradition in Congress, the spokesperson said, “We need to look at things in terms of policies, persons and future.” “And I have no doubt that in less than few years, you will see the change. Because all these environments change quickly. “If these leads are true then, there was an ambience irrespective of Congress did everything ....we need to change that ambience,” Singhvi said.

At the outset, he said that trends are too early and he is hopeful of better trends for Congress. BJP-led National Democratic Alliance appears to be heading for a victory in the Lok Sabha elections with the trends in the counting of votes giving the saffron party leads in 257 seats on its own while its allies led in 39 seats.

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