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Cong downplays UP civic poll loss, says ruling party normally

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today downplayed its loss in the civic polls saying such elections are contested on local issues and are normally won by the state's ruling dispensation.

spokesperson said the party will analyse the and draw lessons for improving its performance in the future.

He, however, said the could have been different had these polls been held under the supervision of the Commission instead of the State Commission.

"Local bodies elections are contested on local issues and the people of the country know very well which are national, state and local issues. As far as local bodies elections are concerned, everyone knows that... it goes in favour of the party in power, to help get small works done," Tewari said.

On the effect of and in the civic polls, the leader said, "As far as noteban and is concerned, their effect will surely be seen in elections."

Tewari said due to and GST, maximum loss was caused to the informal sector as it comprises 40 per cent of the economy, and the effects will be seen in Assembly elections like in

"If these elections (UP civic polls) were held under the supervision of the Commission rather than the State Election Commission, then the would be different.

"As far as these results are concerned, it is our responsibility to analyse the results. We will analyse these results in detail and draw lessons from them. We also take the responsibility of the loss. Our attempt is to draw lessons from the losses and improve the party's performance," he said.

The BJP swept the civic polls today, pocketing 14 of the 16 mayoral seats as Yogi Adityanath emerged on top in his first major electoral test after taking over as chief minister in March.

The Congress faced the embarrassment of losing in its bastion Amethi, the Lok Sabha constituency of its vice president Rahul Gandhi.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, December 01 2017. 21:45 IST