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Poll results no setback, says Rajnath

Poll results no setback, says Rajnath
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First Published: Sun, Nov 09 2008. 06 25 AM IST
Updated: Wed, Mar 18 2009. 03 38 PM IST
New Delhi: Putting up a brave face, BJP president Rajnath Singh on Monday said the election results in five states were not a setback to the party which has lost just one state to the Congress.
Singh did term as “surprising” the poll outcome in Delhi, where Congress set to retain power for third time in a row.
“The Delhi results are surprising as we had expected a majority,” Singh told reporters.
“But, overall it (poll result) is not a setback as the BJP has won in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh,” he said.
“We have lost in only one state,” he said referring to Rajasthan where Congress was emerging as the single-largest party defeating the incumbent BJP.
In Delhi, Congress had a government and it had succeeded in retaining power, Singh said.
Singh said local issues dominated the state elections and the voters had made up their mind well in advance about their choice of leaders.
The BJP chief said his party was headed for a clear majority in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh where they would form the government.
Results in Rajasthan were not as per expectations, Singh said.
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First Published: Sun, Nov 09 2008. 06 25 AM IST