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Himachal victory a rejection of BJP policies: Congress

UNI  New Delhi, December 20, 2012
First Published: 14:50 IST(20/12/2012) | Last Updated: 16:04 IST(20/12/2012)

Describing the victory of the Congress in Himachal Pradesh as a rejection of the policies of the BJP, the Congress on Thursday said it was a 'vote of confidence' for it.

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"'The victory is a rejection of the policies of the BJP by the people of Himachal Pradesh," Congress general secretary and in-charge for Himachal Pradesh Chaudhry Birendra Singh told reporters here after the results of the counting indicated a big lead for the party in the assembly polls.

According to initial trends, the Congress is leading in over 40 seats in the 68-member state assembly.

Union finance minister P Chidambaram said: "People have given us a resounding vote of confidence."

Reacting to the Himachal results, parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath said: "The BJP's defeat shows the direction in which the wind is blowing.''

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