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BJP, Congress optimistic to win in MP

india Updated: Nov 23, 2008 15:41 IST

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With the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections less than four days away, both the ruling BJP and the Opposition Congress are exuding confidence that they will win them.

The ruling BJP is claiming that it will win the elections on the basis of the large number of development works carried out during its rule in the last five years while the Congress is highly optimistic about a win as it says that people of the state were fed up with the massive corruption during the BJP rule.

The state Congress President Suresh Pachouri told PTI that corruption was the single biggest issue for the Assembly elections as people from all walks of life were badly affected by it.

Pachouri said that under the BJP rule, corruption had become totally decentralized and it was practised by ministers, officers and down to the grassroot-level by BJP workers.

However, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan dismisses all this talk about corruption and insist that it will not be an issue during the polls.

Chouhan told PTI that the BJP had done a lot of development works in the state during its five-year rule and added that because of them the ruling party was confident that it will once again get the blessings of the people in the state and run at for the second term in succession.

In case, the BJP does manage to win these elections, it will be a record of sorts for it as earlier no non-Congress government has ever completed a five-year term in office in Madhya Pradesh and no one has got a second term in succession.
The BJP is also strongly attacking the Congress-led UNP government at the centre for various things including rise in terrorism and prices.

The ruling party in the state contends that the Congress alone is to be blamed for the rise in these two things as it had failed miserably to control them.

Reacting to this, State Congress spokesman Arvind Malaviya told PTI that the manner in which the BJP was continuously attacking the UPA government indicated that the BJP was not fighting the Assembly elections but Parliamentary polls.

He said that the ruling party was making a hue and cry about the alleged development that had taken place during its rule but it cannot recount even a single developmental activity that had benefited the people.

These days both the parties are engaged in a bitter advertisement war in which both are leaving nothing to chance in hitting out at each other.

While the BJP ads talk of a number of things including terrorism and rising prices, they also state that the life of the commonman was not secure in the hands of the Congress.

The Congress ads on the other hand talk of the large-scale corruption in Madhya Pradesh during the BJP rule and say that ruling party cannot be trusted in the term in office.