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‘Grateful to Mayawati for giving Cong credit’

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 23:07

New Delhi: Congress leader Digvijay Singh
on Wednesday took a dig at Mayawati for her contention that his party
was responsible for the defeat of BSP in the Uttar Pradesh
Assembly polls.

"We are grateful to Mayawatiji for giving Congress party
the credit of defeating BSP," Singh told reporters here.

Singh was speaking at AICC headquarters after Congress
President Sonia Gandhi held a meeting of party general
secretaries and office bearers to discuss the outcome of
assembly elections in five states, including Uttar Pradesh,
and the reasons behind it.

Earlier, when Gandhi was asked about Mayawati blaming
Congress for BSP`s defeat, she said with a smile, "After all
contest happens in an election".

After submitting her resignation to UP Governor B L
Joshi, Mayawati said that 70 per cent of the Muslim votes had
gone to the SP due to the minority reservation issue raised by
the Congress.

"You all know that Congress raised the issue of
reservation for backward Muslims for their political gains
soon after the Vidhan Sabha elections were declared and this
was opposed strongly to by the BJP," she said.

The outgoing Chief Minister said that there were
apprehensions in the minds of Muslims that the upper castes
and OBCs would not vote for the BSP and, hence, they voted for
the SP.

Asked about Sonia Gandhi`s remarks about the party`s poor
performance in Amethi and Rae Bareli, Singh said out of seven
Congress legislators from these constituencies, only one could
scale through in the elections.


First Published: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 23:07

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