NEW DELHI: Old Congress follower Durga Prasad is a disappointed man. He has been holding a small roadside shop outside Congress headquarters in New Delhi for the last 17 years and sells Congress party's poll materials and literature.
But, victory of the party he has been following since years in Punjab could not brought smile on his face. He says he belongs to Ghaziabad in UP and the party has performed poorly in the state.
"I don't understand what is happening inside the party. But, I had hope that the party would perform better in UP specially after joining hands with Akhilesh Yadav," said Durga. He said he has been selling Congress party flags and other materials for the last 17 years outside the AICC headquarters, but now, he has lost all hope.
"The business has come down over the years. Now, very few people buy these items. I had a lot of expectations this year, but, it didn't happen as the party lost the major state UP," said Durga.
When asked whether he has thought about shutting his shop, he replied swiftly, "No brother, how can I do this. I have earning livelihood from this place for the last 17 years. I will remain holding my shop only here. Now, I am waiting for the 2019 polls."
The mood at the Congress headquarters was not upbeat even as the party has marked victory in Punjab.
Many workers said it was well expected given the political situation there. Unlike Durga Prasad who is hoping for a unexpected turn around in 2019, party workers looked disappointed.