New Delhi: Corruption and price rise were the main reasons why the Congress fared so badly in the five state elections, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) said on Wednesday.

"The overall results of the elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur constitute a setback for the Congress," the CPI-M said.

"Part of this failure can be attributed to the people's discontent against price rise and corruption for which they hold the Congress-led UPA government at the centre responsible," it said in a statement.

The CPI-M hailed the Samajwadi Party's victory as "remarkable". "The (Uttar Pradesh) verdict is not only against the Mayawati government, but the people have rejected the BJP and the Congress too. The BJP in particular has failed to make any headway.

"The results show also that the BJP is not seen as a credible alternative to the Congress. Apart from its performance in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP lost in Uttarkhand and its seats have been reduced in Punjab."The Congress lost power in Goa, it failed to win in Punjab, fared badly in Uttar Pradesh and just managed to be ahead by one seat in Uttarakhand. The sole exception has been its outright victory in Manipur. But this has no wider significance given the abnormal and specific conditions prevailing there," the CPI-M said.

The CPI-M admitted that it performed poorly in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. "This underlines the need to strengthen the party, its mass activities and organisation in these two states."

(Agencies)