BJP hopes to register hat-trick of wins in Gujarat state polls

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 28, 2012 06:14 hrs

Ahmedabad: With assembly polls in Gujarat just about three weeks away, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is hoping to register a hat-trick of wins, and said that post-polls it would like to concentrate and complete existing development projects, and generate employment for the youth.

BJP president Nitin Gadkari said that the party is keen on making India a better nation, free of crime, starvation, terrorism and corruption.

"We will set India free from crime, starvation, terrorism and corruption and would work for the benefits of farmers and poor. We would do politics of development and progress. We will help poor and give employment opportunity to the youth and will include farmers and poor in the developmental projects. We want to change the country completely and want to make it a better nation for the people," said Gadkari.

In Rajkot, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh campaigned for BJP candidates.

"I am meeting to the common man, I have full faith that in upcoming election, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would win and Narendra Modi will make hat-trick by becoming the chief minister for the third time. I think that this time, we will win the election with good margin. On behalf of the Chhattisgarh state, I am appealing to the people to support Narendra Modi, who has made remarkable development in the state, increased the GDP and developed the agricultural sector and has made people proud and I am confident that all this things will make Modi become the chief minister for the third time," said Singh.

Seeking votes ahead of state polls, various political parties are making efforts to lure the electorate with tall promises by orating on various issues like price-rise, corruption and law and order among others.

The rift between BJP and Congress has always been in the limelight, this time targeting Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh to fetch votes in order to elect a new government.

The first phase of the Gujarat assembly polls will take place on December 13, while the second will be held on December 17. Counting of votes will take place on December 20.

Narendra Modi is seen as the strongest candidate of BJP during general elections in two years, thanks to rapid growth and a perception of corruption-free governance in his state, which has 5 percent of India's population but contributes 16 percent to national industrial output.

Under the high-profile but controversial Modi, Gujarat stands apart in a country that doesn't always make it easy for manufacturers.

Earlier, Modi had embarked on series of three-day fasts to promote 'harmony', which was seen as a way of helping revamp the image of a leader accused by critics of complicity in communal riots that killed at least 1,000 people in 2002.

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