Local political equations behind bypoll defeats: Tomar

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Indore, Dec 18 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh BJP President Narendra Singh Tomar today attributed bypoll defeats in Khargone Lok Sabha and Sanver assembly seats to local political equations.

''The bypoll defeats had been taken seriously and the causes would be reviewed,'' Mr Tomar told reporters here after a rally by party workers to protest against anti-people policies of the Centre.

Refusing that factionalism was behind the bypoll defeat in Khargone, he denied groupism in the party. He said the BJP had won seven out 12 by-elections in Madhya Pradesh.

Ruling out any threat to the BJP from the Bharatiya Janshakti, he said there was no proposal for BJ President Uma Bharti's return.

Mr Tomar said there was no question of leadership change in Madhya Pradesh and the next year's assembly elections would be fought under Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

On taking out rally after bypoll defeats, he said a date for the rally had been decided beforehand. He alleged that the Centre was meting out step-motherly treatment to the state. A few power projects were stuck for clearance from the Centre.

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