Upbeat mood in BJP office, gloom in Congress (Lead)

March 6th, 2012 - 9:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) The mood in the offices of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress reflected the assembly election results Tuesday: upbeat in the former and gloom in the latter.

A sense of gloom prevailed at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters following the party’s poor performance in the assembly elections, especially Uttar Pradesh.

The headquarters, located at 24, Akbar Road in the heart of Lutyen’s Delhi, wore a deserted look with almost all party leaders staying away, possibly to avoid the huge media contingent gathered outside.

In contrast, it was saffron and festivities at the BJP office located at 11, Ashoka Road, as the party managed to pull off a good show in the assembly polls.

Firecrackers were burst as party workers celebrated the “defeat” of the Congress, more than their victory.

“The results in Goa and Punjab have showcased that those who were judging the BJP to be a very small player now have to re-evaluate their calculations,” a BJP party worker said amid the bursting of firecrackers.

The BJP and its allies won in Punjab and Goa, while it is in a neck-and-neck competition with the Congress in Uttarakhand. The party is also leading in two seats in Manipur, where it has not won any seat so far.

“More than the victory, we are celebrating the anti-Congress mood, which the public has showcased. Though in Uttar Pradesh we have trailed, we are happy that Congress has lost,” a senior party worker, pleading anonymity told IANS.

Meanwhile, after a long wait, Congress leader Janardhan Dwivedi, putting up a brave front, appeared from inside the party office only to inform journalists that Rahul Gandhi’s press conference would take place at the Congress president’s residence shortly.

The horde of reporters rushed from the spot and the limelight shifted to 10, Janpath, where after a long wait, the Gandhi scion came out and spoke about the party’s no-show in the state elections, terming it a “good lesson”.

The party has fared poorly in Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Punjab. In Goa, it was part of the ruling combine with the Nationalist Congress Party.

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