Amethi on Friday once again showed that victory in elections is not as easy as thought as Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi who contested and won from here had to face a tough fight before finally emerging victorious.
BJP candidate Smriti Irani summed it up when she heard the initial reports of Rahul trailing her, saying, “It is miracle that even words like ‘Rahul is losing in Amethi’ are being heard here.”
Congressmen in Amethi looked tense with Kanishk Singh, one of Rahul Gandhi’s trusted aides, stressing that things were not going beyond control. “We are ahead in two areas, almost there in Tiloi too,” he said at 3 pm.
The contest continued till the very end, as the Gandhi scion continued to grab a lead of 5,000 votes after each phase of counting, grabbing a lead of 45,000 votes by 3 pm. Rahul ultimately won but the margin is still low when compared to his 2009 victory with 3.75 lakh votes.
Meanwhile, AAP’s Kumar Vishwas who had repeatedly claimed that he would win from here managed to earn less than 30,000 votes and came fourth.
Vishwas congratulated Narendra Modi, while saying, “We came to solve macro issues with lessons we learnt in Delhi. But here, concerns of caste and identities are different.”
He thanked the people for “giving a clear mandate,” and said, “I hope the BJP delivers on its promise of development.”
Irani was happy despite the loss. “I was given a very challenging constituency and I delivered my best in the 25 days I was here. People here will realise soon that the leaders they chose are the ones who have brought down the party,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Congress many not be able to claim the post of Leader of Opposition for Rahul Gandhi as the party has not won even 50 seats. As per rules, a party needs to win at least 10 per cent seats of the Lok Sabha (54) seats to obtain the status.