GUWAHATI, May 23 - Even before the trend of the Lok Sabha poll results started taking a distinct shape, Rajiv Bhawan � the Congress headquarters at Guwahati � resembled a forsaken camp!
Apart from a Congress worker who was seen performing puja under a banyan tree inside the Rajiv Bhawan campus, there was nothing that could grab the attention of the mediapersons.
Things did not change any bit even as the day progressed with senior Congress leaders continuing to remain conspicuous by their absence.
By the end of the day, even though Congress effected a late surge gaining lead in three constituencies, only a handful of the Congress supporters were seen holding the fort at Rajiv Bhawan.
�It was not a day to remember for the Congress party,� lamented a party spokesperson without wishing to be named.
Another Congress worker said, �It was the case of morning showing the day for us. The low turnout in the party office was a reflection of that.�
Party insiders privy to the whereabouts of the party leaders revealed that most of the leaders stayed glued to the television sets in their respective homes and some of them even put their cell phones in switched-off mode.
The implications of the results were also felt by shops located in the close proximity of Rajiv Bhawan.
�We had stocked perishable stuff more than usual anticipating a better conglomeration of Congress party, which was not to be. It was not a good day in office for us as well,� said a shopkeeper summing up his day.
The headquarters of the AIUDF, located at Friends� Path at Hatigaon, also wore a deserted look. A few party members assembled at the office during the morning hours.
They followed the election results in the television. The mood among the few party members who had gathered in the office was subdued.
However, they expressed satisfaction that party supremo Badruddin Ajmal was cruising towards victory from the Dhubri constituency.
But, by 3 pm, barring a couple of party workers and two to three armed security guards, most of the others left.
�Most of our senior leaders are either camping in Dhubri or Barpeta. Besides, this is the time of the Ramjan and as such most of our workers who came to the office during the morning hours departed by the afternoon to take some rest before Iftar,� said AIUDF general secretary Haidor Hussain Bora.