Shahnawaz Hussain plays down Bellary bypoll defeat
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Last Updated: Sunday, December 04, 2011, 20:45
Hyderabad: Playing down the loss in the Bellary Assembly bypoll in Karnataka, BJP MP and party spokesman Syed Shahnawaj Hussain on Sunday said it was a local election and had no relevance at the state level.

"Bellary was a local election. The candidate was in BJP and now contested as an independent. It is not correct to link that with entire Karnataka," he told reporters here.

BJP suffered a humiliating defeat in Bellary, the Stronghold of Reddy brothers, when their protege and former minister B Sreeramulu won the by-election in the Rural Assembly constituency by a huge margin of 46,000 votes.

Hussain also rejected the view that Congress had performed well in the byelections despite the BJP's campaign against the UPA.

"Where did Congress improve its performance? Congress has lost deposit at many places, in Bihar, Jharkhand and Himachal, where it made tall claims. In Himachal, it is now confirmed that BJP would come back to power again (following the results of today's bypoll)," he said.

To a query, he said BJP wanted a strong Lokpal and was making efforts in that direction both in Parliament and outside it.

The BJP leader demanded that the UPA government either roll back the move to allow FDI in multi-brand retail or face the adjournment motion in Parliament.

He demanded that the government make a statement on the FDI issue.

Hussain alleged that the formation of separate Telangana was getting delayed because of the ruling Congress.

He condoled the death of veteran Bollywood actor Dev Anand and recalled that Dev Anand got the Padma Bhushan during the NDA regime.

First Published: Sunday, December 04, 2011, 20:45

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