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Modi not behind BJP's win in Delhi: Former UPCC chief

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow/New Delhi 

leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi today claimed that BJP's prime ministerial candidate Modi's campaigning had no big affect on the outcome of polls.

The former Committee chief accepted the defeat and said is a matter of concern for the party.

"We humbly welcome the verdict. In due course we will analyse the reasons behind the defeat.

"Remember, these four states have always been a stronghold of and yet they (BJP) have failed to get a simple majority in and struggled for a win in Chhattisgarh," Joshi said in a telephonic conversation.

Joshi, also the woman face of in UP, said that is still a popular leader in Delhi and it is surprising that she lost (to AAP chief Kejriwal).

She rebutted the claims that it was Modi who attracted voters. "may have gained seats but Modi factor is completely missing because vote share of in Delhi this time has come down as compared to the 2008 polls," she claimed.

When asked about the main reason for Congress' drubbing in Delhi she said,"After holding power for 15 years people were looking for a change. Anna's movement threw up a new party 'Aam Aadmi Party' that promised a new style of governance and Congress' voters shifted towards them".

Abbas Haider, former chairman of UP Congress marketing cell said price rise and lack of governance is definitely not a reason for the Congress defeat in Delhi.

Joining the chorus with Bahuguna he also said that its not Modi behind BJP votes. "If Modi was a factor then BJP would have not fallen short of majority" he said.

First Published: Sun, December 08 2013. 22:00 IST