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Digvijay attributes defeat to `winds of change'

Digvijay Singh

Digvijay Singh  

BHOPAL DEC. 4. The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Digvijay Singh today attributed the Congress' massive defeat in the Assembly elections to the "winds of change" blowing across the State. The anti-incumbency factor weighed heavily against the party and was magnified by his two successive terms in office, he added.

At a press conference here this afternoon, Mr. Singh took the entire blame for the defeat and said that he would now work as an ordinary party member. He would not hold any post nor would he contest any election in the next 10 years.

He would devote himself to fighting communal forces and further strengthening the concept of gram swaraj, and the welfare and progress of the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the weaker sections would remain a priority.

The Congress Legislature Party leader would be elected after consultations with the party president, Sonia Gandhi, and the AICC general secretary in-charge of Madhya Pradesh, Ambika Soni, he said.

Mr. Singh said he had been confident of victory till yesterday on the basis of the people's response during his campaign. Asked whether the model for development adopted by him was correct or whether there was need to strike a balance between the social sector and economic infrastructure, he said the model adopted by the State Government was "absolutely correct."

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