MP CM Thakur accepts defeat, a dig at Congress on horsetrading buzz

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(Online Desk)

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Thursday accepted defeat in the hill state even as votes were being counted.

The Congress was leading in a majority of 68 seats, the data from the Election Commission showed.

He also took an apparent dig at the grand old party amid comments by Congress leaders on the anticipation of horse-trading of MLAs.

“Their MLAs have been elected. Now it’s their job to protect them. It’s their job to protect the majority. ” he was heard saying in a televised briefing.

“We accept people’s mandate. Our end goal is development, and that should happen,” he added. “I also thank the people of the state for huge voter turnout this time and I also thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his support for the state’s development. There was development in every area.” He also said that he would soon be submitting his resignation to Governor Acharya Dev Vrat soon.

Congratulating the Congress, he further said, “I hope they will deliver on the promises they made. We will continue to raise issues of the public. In this election, another important thing is that the margin was very low, less than 1,000. The vote-share has a difference of just 1 per cent.”

On the AAP’s poll performance, he said: “There was no party presence of the party..”

Even as votes were being counted, comments were made by the Congress leaders in response to the buzz on alleged attempts of horse-trading. “We will have to protect our friends,” Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

“Bhupinder Singh Hooda is already in Chandigarh. Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel and I will be going to Chandigarh and will be deciding by evening whether to call MLAs to Shimla or Chandigarh,” news agency ANI quoted Rajiv Shukla as saying.