“Keep Fighting Hate, No Fear”: Rahul Gandhi On Congress Bypoll Victories


'Keep Fighting Hate, No Fear': Rahul Gandhi On Congress Bypoll Victories

Rahul Gandhi said every victory for the Congress is the victory of its workers. File

New Delhi:

Congratulating Congress workers for the party’s victories against the BJP in the bypolls today, party leader Rahul Gandhi said they must “keep fighting hate” without fear.

Reaching out to the party’s grassroots workers, he said every victory for the Congress is the victory of its workers.

“Every victory for the Congress is a victory of our party worker. Keep fighting hate. No fear!,” he tweeted.

Among all the states where the bypolls were held, the Congress performed the best in BJP-ruled Himachal Pradesh, sweeping all the three Assembly and one Lok Sabha seat that went to polls. It won both seats that went to polls in Rajasthan.

Earlier, taking a winner’s swipe, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said Prime Minister Narendra Modi must “shed arrogance” and repeal the three farm laws farmers are protesting against.

Mr Surjewala, the Congress’s general secretary and in-charge of the party’s communication department, also said the central government must stop “looting” the public through high fuel prices and warned that “disdain for people’s pain is harmful”.

“BJP has lost 2 out of 3 Lok Sabha seats. In Assemblies, BJP has lost at most places in direct contest with INC. HP, Raj., Karnataka & Maharashtra have witnessed it. Modi ji, Shed arrogance! Repeal 3 Black Laws! Stop Petrol-Diesel-Gas Loot! Disdain for people’s pain is harmful,” the senior Congress leader tweeted.

At Ellenabad in Haryana, the BJP candidate lost to Indian National Lok Dal leader Abhay Chautala by over 6700 votes. Mr Chautala had earlier resigned as MLA from the seat to protest against the centre’s farm laws. His re-election from the seat is being seen as the people’s mandate against the laws.

The BJP, however, has some consolation in the Northeast.

In Assam, the party and its ally United Party People’s Liberal have won one seat each and are trailing in the three others that went to polls.

BJP ally National People’s Party has won the Rajbala seat in Meghalaya and is ahead in another seat in the state.

In Rajasthan, the Congress has won one Assembly seat and is leading in another. The BJP’s hopes were dashed in West Bengal too, where the ruling Trinamool Congress is on the verge of victory in all four seats that went to polls.