NEW DELHI, Oct 19 � With the Congress losing power in Maharashtra and Haryana, its president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi said the party will now play a �constructive and vigilant role� in the two states where the people have voted for �change� after 15 and 10 years.
Congratulating the BJP on its success, the Congress leadership also expected that parties forming the government will �fulfill the promises that they made�.
�The Congress party accepts the election verdict delivered by the people of Maharashtra and Haryana with humility and resolves to play a constructive and vigilant role.
�The people of Maharashtra and Haryana trusted us with their mandate thrice and twice respectively. We hope that parties forming the government will fulfill the promises that they made,� Sonia Gandhi said in a statement.
She also thanked the supporters and voters of Congress for having stood by the party and the workers in particular for their �tireless and unstinting commitment� to the party and its ideology.
In his statement, Rahul Gandhi said, �We accept the verdict of people. People have voted for change, after 15 years of our government in Maharashtra and 10 years in Haryana.�
Unfazed by the rout, Rahul said the party will work hard to regain the confidence of the people as he congratulated the BJP. �I congratulate the BJP on their success.� � PTI