By-election defeat no reflection on govt, party: PM

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Manmohan Singh
Pretoria, Oct 19: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday rejected claims that the Congress' defeat in the Hisar Lok Sabha by-election is a referendum on his government's performance or the party. "One bye election in a particular part of the country cannot be considered a referendum on the performance of my government or the Congress party," he told reporters here.

He was replying to a question by a reporter who said some people were saying that the defeat in Hisar was a referendum against his government and party.

Opposition parties have called by-election rout of the Congress as a vote against the government in the context of various scams and even a referendum against the government on corruption.

PTI

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