Congress vows to win back public confidence after defeat in Tehri by-poll

Last Updated: Sat, Oct 13, 2012 14:50 hrs

Congress Party, which suffered a setback in the Tehri Lok Sabha by-election, on Saturday said that it would work harder in the future to win back the public confidence.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said the people occupy an exalted status in a democracy, and that their verdict has to be accepted with a bowed head.

"The question is that responsibility as well as the credit is always collective. In a democracy people occupy an exalted status, their verdict has to be accepted with a bowed head. Where we have won we thank the people, where we have lost we will try extra harder to try and win their confidence," he said.

In the prestigious Tehri seat vacated by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, his son and Congress candidate Saket Bahuguna lost to BJP's Mala Raj Laxmi Shah, the daughter-in-law of erstwhile Tehri royal family scion Manvendra Shah, who had represented the seat for a record eight times.

Congress Party, however, won the Jangipur Parliamentary seat.

Congress candidate Abjijit Mukherjee, son of President Pranab Mukherjee, won the Jangipur by-election by a narrow margin of 2,536 votes defeating his nearest CPI-M rival Muzaffar Hussain on Saturday.

The by-election was held on October 10 as the seat had been left vacant after Pranab Mukherjee was elevated to the highest office of the country. (ANI)

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