Sunday May 25 2008 13:17 IST
BANGALORE: Congress leader s M Krishna on Sunday owned moral responsibility for the party’s defeat in Karnataka and said it would have to rework its strategy while being in the opposition.
“All of us together are answerable for the defeat. I had said earlier that if Congress is defeated, I, as Chief campaign manager, will own up the responsibility. I own up the responsibility,” he said while commenting on the party’s electoral performance in Karnataka.
“I congratulate BJP for securing a near simple majority. I wish them well,” said Krishna, who resigned as Maharashtra governor ahead of the elections to take up the campaigner’s role.
Conceding that the Congress would have to sit in the opposition, he said the party “will have to rework its strategy and then successfully handle issues of the state while sitting in the opposition.”
He said challenges before BJP are “very huge” as expectations of people are “very high”. “I hope they (BJP) will have the political will to take up the issues of the state and provide good administration,” Krishna said.
Asked whether BJP would be able to deliver considering that it had no experience of governing the state, the Congress leader said “they will learn on the job”.
On suggestions about disunity and dissidents in Congress, Krishna was dismissive about it, saying such reports usually surface during elections.