New Delhi: Congress workers burst crackers, danced to the dhol and played with gulal as they celebrated the party’s good show in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

Carrying the Congress flag, a large number of workers gathered at the party headquarters in Delhi and praised Rahul Gandhi’s leadership in steering the Congress towards victory in the three states ruled by the BJP.

They distributed sweets and put up big banners of Gandhi on the walls of the Congress office. The Congress workers chanted ‘Rahul Gandhi Zindabad’. Interestingly, a Congress worker also put up a banner that said, “Next prime minister of India” for Gandhi.

Senior Congress leaders, including Navjot Singh Sidhu and Priyanka Chaturvedi, joined the party workers at the 24, Akbar Road office and expressed joy as the trends of poll results showed Congress taking the lead in the three states.

“It was a united effort in preparing and campaigning for polls. The leader at the top was inspiring everybody. Rahul ji has exhibited great character in a time of crisis, like a captain guiding a ship in choppy waters,” Sidhu said.

The lawns at the AICC headquarters were filled with party workers carrying Congress flags and hailed him as a “great leader”. It was after a long gap that Congress workers were seen celebrating the party’s victory.

Chants of “Jeet gaya bhai jeet gaya, Rahul Gandhi jeet gaya” rent the air as results trickled in.

Jeetpal Yadav, 24, a law student who had come from Laxmi Nagar, said, “We are very happy, and we should be winning in three states.”

“But we should not rejoice too much as a lot of hard work would be needed for 2019 elections. Wins in a few states would not signal a victory in Lok Sabha elections,” he said.

Subhash Chandra Rajbhar, who had come from Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh, said all political parties should think about the welfare of the poor. “I have come to give this message to Rahulji and Soniaji.”