Alliance with DMK will continue: Congress

Last Updated: Sat, May 14, 2011 15:26 hrs

New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday stepped up attack on the BJP and the Left after their poor show in elections in five states.

"BJP contested 761 seats in the Assembly elections in the five states and could win just five. I wonder whether the main Opposition party is a national party or a notional party," party spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters here.

On Left, he said that its "decline" started from 2008, when they voted against the UPA during the Indo-US nuclear deal.

"A message went in the country that they are anti development. It has culminated in 2011 with their thorough defeat in West Bengal. Left should review what it should do when the choice is between a rejected ideology and development," Tewari said.

He, however, admitted that the results in Tamil Nadu were a "setback" from the party and it needed to be looked into.

Tewari at the same time made it clear that the party's alliance with DMK would continue.

Assembly polls

Asked about the results Kadapa bye-election where Jaganmohan Reddy won defeating Congress candidate with a huge margin, Tewari said the mandate was in nature of a tribute to the former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister late YSR Reddy, who is widely respected in the region.

He also regretted that Jaganmohan adopted a course which was unfortunate.

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