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Grateful to Mayawati for giving Cong credit: Digvijaya
PTI
New Delhi, March 07, 2012
First Published: 17:22 IST(7/3/2012)
Last Updated: 17:25 IST(7/3/2012)

Congress leader Digvijaya 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 said.

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 BL Joshi, Mayawati said that 70% 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.


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