General elections should not be advanced: Digvijay Singh

December 8th, 2008 - 3:09 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) The Congress may be heading for power in three of the five states following assembly elections but a cautious Digvijay Singh Monday said the result did not reflect national mood and the party would prefer general elections only in April.“April is all right. I don’t think we should advance the elections. There is no need to advance it,” the veteran leader told reporters.

Reacting to the impact of these elections on the Lok Sabha polls due early next year, Digvijay Singh said: “These elections don’t tell the national mood.”

His colleague and party spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan disagreed: “It (the results) certainly will have an impact on the general elections (next year).”

Reacting to the poor showing in Madhya Pradesh, Digvijay Singh said: “We have to look into the results.” But he rubbished the idea that groupism and intra-party conflict had led to defeat in the state.

As for Suresh Pachauri being projected as Congress chief ministerial candidate in the state, he argued: “He was not a bad choice. Pachauri has been there for a long time and knows the state very well.”

Asked if he would be going back to Madhya Pradesh, where he has served as chief minister for 10 years, Digvijay Singh replied: “I am happy where I am. As such I am not going to contest the Lok Sabha elections.”

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