Vasundhara admits defeat, says Congress has not got clear mandate

December 8th, 2008 - 7:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyJaipur, Dec 8 (IANS) Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Monday accepted her Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s defeat in the state assembly elections, but maintained that the people had not given a clear mandate to the Congress.“I accept and respect this verdict,” Raje told reporters before leaving for the governor’s house to tender her resignation.

“We will play a constructive opposition and will not compromise on the growth of our Rajasthan,” she added.

According to the Chief Election Commission’s office, in the 200-member legislative assembly, the BJP has managed only 68 seats and was leading in 11 others seats at around 6 p.m., while the Congress has bagged 92 seats and was leading in four other places.

“I express my gratitude to millions of people. People have not given a clear mandate to the Congress. It will be a hung assembly,” she predicted.

She said that during her five years’ term she had not compromised on the development of the state.

“During my tenure, our government has done good work. We delivered what we promised. We took Rajasthan out of the Bimaru (sick) status,” she said.

“I thank everyone for giving me affection, respect and cooperation.”

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