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BJP formally sounds election bugle in New Delhi

BJP president Rajnath Singh launched the party’s election campaign for the Delhi state Assembly on Tuesday and flaunted that the BJP-ruled states were transformed within 10 years, while several states were lagging behind even after 15 years of Congress rule.

Published: 18th September 2013 10:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th September 2013 10:03 AM   |  A+A-

BJP president Rajnath Singh launched the party’s election campaign for the Delhi state Assembly on Tuesday and flaunted that the BJP-ruled states were transformed within 10 years, while several states were lagging behind even after 15 years of Congress rule.

The BJP president addressed over a thousand party workers from Delhi at the Talkatora stadium. “Small countries all over the world have dramatically developed in a span of 15 years, while the Congress could not even develop Delhi in the same time,” Singh said.

Singh said that Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has presented Gujarat as a “model state” before the country by exhibiting how development can bring about change.

“Madhya Pradesh was included in the category of ‘Bimaru’ states earlier, but after seven years of the BJP rule, the state was transformed under the leadership of Shivraj Singh. Same was the case with Chattisgarh, which has seen massive development in 10 years of BJP rule,” Singh added.  The BJP chief credited the country’s growth to the decisions taken under the leadership of former Prime Minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

“In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the Congress-led government had agreed that 50 per cent of the highways constructed from 1980 to 2012 were constructed under the BJP-led NDA rule,“ said Singh. He added that the Congress failed to create jobs, and a mere 27 lakh jobs were created during the UPA rule. Singh also sounded a word of caution to the BJP state unit, which is currently facing bitter infighting among senior state leaders.  “Leave aside small issues and work together for success,” Singh reminded them.

Regarding the intense infighting among the party workers for a ticket to contest the Assembly polls, Gadkari said: “We have to give tickets to 70 people and there are 1,200 candidates. But let me assure you that winability would be the only criteria for ticket distribution.”  Hinting at infighting ruining the party’s chances in the state, former Delhi state in-charge Venkaiah Naidu said that while delhiites were ready to vote for the BJP, they were sceptical whether the party was really ready to take over the national capital.

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