Taking moral responsibility for the Congress' dismal performance in Assam, the state's chief minister Tarun Gogoi said that he would resign, and conceded that a "storm" had blown away the Congress in the state in the 2014 general election.
"Assam was blown away by a storm. When a storm comes, it blows away everything," said Gogoi, but refused to give credit to BJP's prime minister-in-waiting Narendra Modi for the party's stellar performance in Assam.
Gogoi had earlier asserted that he would quit if the Congress failed to get less than seven seats. "We've to accept people's verdict. We should accept it with all humility," Gogoi said. "Modi had asserted that the illegal Bangladeshi migrants were being allowed to settle down in Kaziranga (national park) by the Congress in the state. His statement that these migrants will be pushed back if BJP is voted to power created a strong sentiment in the minds of people. The assertions made people to believe that Congress was patronising the illegal migrants."
Asked if he would resign, an agitated Gogoi said: "Do I have to repeat ten times that I will resign? I had already made a statement that I will quit and I stand by it."