Hisar verdict:Chautala says no Anna effect

Chandigarh: Rejecting Team Anna`s claim of tilting the scales in the Hisar by-election, INLD chief Om Parkash Chautala today said people voted against Congress to vent their anger against the ruling party. "Team Anna`s claim of taking credit is wrong. People voted against Congress to vent their anger against the ruling party…they were fed up by the misrule of Congress at the Centre and the state," he told a press conference here.

Chautala, however, said INLD will support Team Anna on corruption issue and its demand for passage of Jan Lokpal Bill. "We are ready to support anyone against corruption," he said.

Seeking to take credit over the verdict in Hisar where Team Anna campaigned vigorously against the ruling party, anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare had on Monday, "Congress should take cue after its defeat in Hisar bypoll and pass Jan Lokpal Bill in Winter Session."

Chautala also demanded resignation of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on moral grounds. "Hooda camped at Hissar for the entire campaigning period. Despite this, Congress could not save the security deposit of its nominee. Accepting moral defeat Hooda should resign," he said.

Terming his party`s drubbing as a "technical" defeat, the former Haryana chief minister said, "Technically we lost but vote wise we have won as our vote share increased to 3,49,618 from 2,41,493 in 2009 election, which is an increase of around 41 per cent."

"Congress was third in all the nine assembly segments whereas INLD nominee Ajay Singh Chautala finished at the top in four and at second position in the remaining five assembly segments," he said.