Despite Lok Sabha poll loss, Congress happy to win Naxal-hit Bastar seat
Sunday, 26 May 2019 Congress nominee Dipak Baij defeated BJP's Baiduram Kashyap by a margin of 38,982 votes in Bastar. Prior to the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress was hopeful of faring well and winning seats reserved for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates as it won the Assembly polls last year with a thumping majority, uprooting the BJP which ruled the state for 15 years.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal advised his party workers not to get disheartened after the Lok Sabha elections 2019 results. Kejriwal said, "this (Lok Sabha elections 2019) was Rahul ji's and Modi ji's elections and not Kejriwal's".