'Assembly poll results a mandate against corrupt'

Last Updated: Sat, May 14, 2011 16:06 hrs
AIADMK sweeps Tamil Nadu, DMK stunned <br>

Kanpur: In an apparent dig at ally DMK which lost the Tamil Nadu assembly elections, Congress leader and Union Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal on Saturday said what the UPA could not do due to compulsions of coalition politics, people have done it by their mandate.

"Since we don't have a majority in the Lok Sabha, we are running a coalition government which has its own limitations. Our government had been watching many things and wanted to stop them, but since there are compulsions of a coalition government our hands were tied."

"However, people know very well whom to stop and how. And they have done it in one stroke in these assembly elections," the Coal Minister told reporters here welcoming the people's verdict in the assembly elections held in five states.

Asked if he was hinting at DMK's loss in Tamil Nadu, Jaiswal said "I am not hinting at any one".

He said people of these five states have voted out the ruling party there to put a brake on corruption.

According to Jaiswal, the results of the assembly elections in the five states would have a bearing on next year's Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.

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"Corruption is at its peak in Uttar Pradesh and the Mayawati government will also be shown the door like the people in West Bengal have done with the 34-year old CPI(M) rule," he said.

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