NEW DELHI, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- India's incumbent Congress President Sonia Gandhi admitted defeat of her party in the local elections of four states, including Delhi, saying it is time for the party to have "serious introspection."
She also said the Congress will name its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok sabha or Lower House of Parliament elections at an "opportune time." "It's time for deep introspection," she told the media at her official residence in central Delhi.
Her son, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi also admitted that that anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) gave an outstanding performance in Delhi election.
"We will learn from them and do a better job in a way you can't even imagine," he said.
The Congress suffered a humiliating defeat in four local elections held over the past few weeks, including two states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and the capital, by the the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party.
The AAP, which participated in election for the first time in the capital, also took two thirds of the seats from the Congress in the local council of Delhi.
The elections are seen as a test for the Congress and BJP in the upcoming Lower House of Parliament election in May, which will also produce the new prime minister of India.
Local analysts say the Congress suffered the setback mainly because of corruption scandals and high inflation rates.
India's Congress suffers major setback at Delhi local election: TV
NEW DELHI, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- India's incumbent Congress party suffered a major setback Wednesday at the local legislative election in the capital region, while the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party obtained more votes, according to local TV projections.
Out of the 70 seats of the local assembly in New Delhi, the Congress obtained about 20 seats, compared with over 30 by the BJP and 18 by the anti-corruption party AAP, a new political party which for the first time joined the Delhi legislative contest, local TV Times Now reported. Full story