Kerala defeat a setback for Congress but party would bounce back: Antony

Friday, May 20, 2016,10:24 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Senior Congress leader A K Antony has said the party’s defeat in the Kerala Assembly polls was certainly a setback for the party, but it would bounce back.

Antony, a former Kerala chief minister told reporters that the defeat was certainly a setback for the party. “We are disappointed but not disillusioned or disheartened”. Suggesting that the party has witnessed worst days in 1967, Antony said that time the party could secure just nine out of 133 seats and it was a total blackout in some of the regions and we came back like phoenix. He further said that victory and defeat are part of the democratic process and that the party would introspect on the causes for the defeat to make a comeback.

The Congress-led UDF lost power as it could secure just 46 seats, faced with a stiff challenge from the Left Democratic Front (LDF) which won 91 seats. Oommen Chandy, the only Congress Chief Minister to complete his full five year term came to power with a wafer thin majority of 72 members in a 140-member Assembly in 2011.