Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh resigned on Tuesday taking moral responsibility for the Bharatiya ‘s stunning defeat in Assembly elections.

He told the media that he had sent his resignation to the Governor.

“I take moral responsibility for the defeat,” Raman Singh, who was Chief Minister for 15 years, said as it became clear that the Congress was headed for a thumping victory in the 90-member Assembly.

He said he would continue to serve the state while in the opposition ranks.

The Congress is set to return to power in Chhattisgarh.

Singh became the chief minister on December 7, 15 years ago, and no other BJP CM has served for so long.

Chhattisgarh, won for the last 15 years by the Bharatiya Janata Party, was swept by the Congress, which is leading in 66 of the state’s 90 seats. The BJP is ahead in only 16 seats.

Chhattisgarh Congress president Bhupesh Baghel thanked people of the state for taking fight in their own hands. “We are grateful to Rahul Gandhi, we fought for the people,” he said. When asked about who the CM candidate will be, Baghel puts ball in court of high command.

“We humbly accept the mandate of the people. They have not given us the right, they have given us a responsibility. They believed the promises we made in our manifesto. People trusted the words of Rahul Gandhi ji and gave us an agenda, we accept it,” said PL Punia, a senior leader of the Congress.