Anti-incumbency led to DMK-Cong defeat in TN: Azad

Congress attributed the DMK-led alliance`s rout in Tamil Nadu to anti-incumbency and explained away by saying it was the turn of the Opposition AIADMK to come to power.

Last Updated: May 13, 2011, 12:29 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Friday attributed the
DMK-led alliance`s rout in Tamil Nadu to anti-incumbency and
explained away by saying it was the turn of the Opposition
AIADMK to come to power.

Health Minister and party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said
the "anti-incumbency factor" played a major role in the defeat
of the DMK-Congress combine in Tamil Nadu.

"In states like Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Kerala hardly
any party has won successive terms. There is always a change
in the government. This time there is a change," he told TV
channels.
"Anti-incumbency factor played a major role. Last
time, it was the turn of the DMK to win and this time if one
goes by that convention it was AIADMK`s turn," he said.

Azad said it was not a defeat for Congress alone as
the party contested in alliance with DMK and PMK.
"When a combine wins every one in the alliance wins.
If the combine loses, then everyone loses," he said.

To a question whether Congress committed a mistake by
contesting over 60 seats, Azad replied in the negative and
said the party demanded so many seats to "reassert" itself.=

PTI