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HindustanTimes Wed,27 Aug 2014

Modi not a mass leader, trying to be bigger than party: CP Joshi

Mahesh Agarwal  BHILWARA, March 15, 2014
First Published: 16:08 IST(15/3/2014) | Last Updated: 16:16 IST(15/3/2014)

Former Union minister and Bhilwara MP CP Joshi on Friday challenged the BJP's prime ministerial candidate to contest elections from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal or Tamil Nadu to prove that he is a leader with mass appeal.

Addressing an election in the district, where he declared he won't be contesting Lok Sabha polls from Bhilwara, Joshi said, "Modi is trying to be bigger than his party. I am doubtful of his success.”

“If he is a mass leader, why doesn't he contest from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal or Tamil Nadu? Why is he being fielded from Varanasi or his own native state?" Former Union minister and Bhilwara MP  added.

Assessing the Congress' humiliating failure in the last year's assembly elections, he said Congress has to rethink its electoral strategies.

As far as Bhilwara is concerned, Joshi said, Congress has not performed so badly. He said in 2008 assembly elections, Congress won four seats in the district, when its total assembly seat tally was 93. And when its tally plummeted to two in the recent elections, its tally fell to two, he said.

Earlier, senior leader Devendra Singh and former district Congress president Kailash Vyas urged Joshi to contest election from Bhilwara again. Similar request was made by district Congress president Anil Dangi, former legislator Kailash Trivedi and Pradeep Kumar Singh.

Jahajpur legislator Dheeraj Gurjar said, "Many persons are working in the Congress but in reality are sympathetic to the BJP.”

 “They have damaged the party and they shall be thrown out," he added.


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