"It's time for struggle. We are ready for it", this was Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's message to partymen after his party's drubbing in parliamentary polls as he reached his constituency Amethi yesterday.
Rahul, the 43-year-old scion of Nehru-Gandhi family, accompanied by sister Priyanka Gandhi, reached Amethi in Uttar Pradesh state on his first visit after the party's worst defeat in Lok Sabha elections.
At a brief meeting with party workers at Congress office at Gauriganj, Rahul told reporters that "despite the fact that these are not good days for Congress in Uttar Pradesh, the people of Amethi and Rae Bareli (Sonia Gandhi's constituency) showed confidence in the party by supporting -- and for this I thank them."
At the meeting, when some party workers pointed to the need to review the fall in Rahul's victory margin in Amethi, Priyanka, who had spearheaded the campaign for her brother, said she would again come for this purpose after a week.
Rahul said the party will fight back if any step is taken against public interest, according to local Congress leaders present at the meeting. He also appealed to the workers "to get ready for struggle".
He also said "the party will organise the review (of poll results) meeting" very soon, according to the leaders.
Rahul had won 2009 Lok Sabha polls in Amethi by a margin of over 3.70 lakh votes which came down to 1.07 lakh in this Lok Sabha polls.