India’s Gandhi concedes personal defeat in family bastion

NEW DELHI, May 23, 2019 (AFP) : Rahul Gandhi, leader of India’s main opposition Congress party, conceded Thursday he had lost his seat in the famous family’s long-held home constituency.

“Smriti Irani (of the BJP) has won in Amethi and I congratulate her. The people of Amethi have given their mandate,” Gandhi told a news conference.

At national level, Congress looked to have been given a hiding at the polls as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party headed for a landslide victory.