Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday rejected claims that the Congress' defeat in the Hisar Lok Sabha by-election was a referendum on his government's performance or of the party.

“One by-election in a particular part of the country cannot be considered a referendum on the performance of my government or of the Congress party,” he told journalists here while replying to a question.

Opposition parties have called Monday's by-election result in which the Congress suffered a blow as a vote against the government in the context of various scandals, and even a referendum against the government on corruption.

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