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Cong victory in Ratia indicator of results in Punjab,UP: Hooda

delhi Updated: Dec 06, 2011 17:25 IST

Terming as "unprecedented" the Congress victory in the Ratia Assembly seat, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday said it will have a big effect on state politics and was an indicator of the results in poll-bound Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

"This is not an ordinary victory. The Congress victory in Ratia is unprecedented," Hooda told reporters at Haryana Bhawan after the oath-taking function of newly-elected legislator Jarnail Singh in New Delhi.

The Congress has won the Ratia seat after 29 years. Party candidate Jarnail Singh defeated Sarfi Devi of the main opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD). Mahavir Prashad of the BJP-HJC combine finished third.

Hooda said the victory will have a big effect on Haryana politics, which will see the emergence of a new kind of politics in the state. "It will have its effect not just in Haryana but is an indicator of poll results in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh," he said.

"The victory is a result of the development in the state initiated by the Congress regime under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi," he said, adding "it is the defeat of all those who indulge in politics of caste, religion, corruption, falsehood and nepotism."

Hooda said the Congress could have won from Adampur also, but for the "secret pact" between Haryana Janhit Congress-BJP combine and INLD.

He also exuded optimism that the Congress will stage a hat-trick in Haryana by winning the next Assembly elections in the state.

The party's victory has given the much-needed boost to the Congress in the state, which suffered defeat in the Hisar Lok Sabha bypolls where Team Anna openly campaigned against it for not bringing in a strong Lokpal Bill.

The chief minister claimed the party's victory in Ratia after 29 years indicated that the public was reposing faith in the policies of the Congress government in Haryana. "It shows that people are coming out in favour of the Congress," he said.

Hooda said the party will hold a victory rally in Ratia on December 10, to thank the people of the area for lending their support to the Congress.

When asked about the Anna factor playing a role in the Hisar bypolls, Hooda refused to give a direct reply and said "Corruption cannot end till those indulging in corruption are eradicated."

Hooda also took a dig at his opponents in Haryana, saying "The INLD is a party of father and his two sons while the HJC is a husband-wife party. But, the Congress is everyone's party."

Asked when the party would have a new president in the state, he said, "The Congress in the state has unanimously passed a resolution and left it to the party president to decide on it."

On action against his detractors charged with working against the party candidate in the Hisar bypolls, Hooda said, "It is an internal matter of the party".