Hooda hails Haryana assembly bypoll results

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Chandigarh, May 25 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today said the results of the assembly byelections in the state had proved that the people were satisfied with his government as well as the UPA at the Centre.

The Congress has won two of the three seats in Haryana where byelections were held on May 22. Former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal's Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), who had made big claims to give a stiff challenge to Congress, could bag only his Adampur seat.

The Congress candidates have won from Indri and Gohana assembly constituencies and in Adampur assembly constituency, the party nominee was at number two position, Mr Hooda said.

''The people in the state were satisfied with the functioning of the Central and Haryana Governments as both were committed to their welfare,'' he said in a statement issued here.

In an obvious reference to Mr Bhajan Lal, Mr Hooda said these byelections were forced upon the people by some ''disgruntled elements who were not interested in the development but had their own axe to grind.'' He said by giving mandate to Congress candidates, the people had reposed their faith in policies and programmes of the Congress party and leadership of Ms Sonia Gandhi.

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