BJP confident of sweeping civic polls in Indore, claims Chauhan

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Jan 23, 2015 18:52 IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is confident of sweeping the municipal polls in Indore, Bhopal and Jabalpur with a clear mandate, said the party's state president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan Thursday.

Chauhan, who was in Indore to campaign for the municipal polls, addressing newspersons, said that the saffron party was poised to emerge as a clear winner in the ongoing polls.

"The Congress is no competition for us," he said. Replying to a question on how the party intends to keep anti-socials elements from finding their way into the party taking advantage of its membership drive through a 'missed call', Chauhan said, "After receiving a missed call, we will scrutinize the credentials of the person, his past, and if his image is clear, then only we will take them into our fold."

To a question on party tickets being given to persons against whom criminal cases were pending in courts or to their wives, he said, "Until they (the candidates) are proven guilty in a court of law, they are not criminals. And if a person is flawed, it should not be considered that his family members are also at mistake," adding, that most of the cases against the party's candidates were politically motivated. He exuded confidence for the party's mayoral candidate for Indore Municipal Corporation and local legislator Malini Gaud's victory in upcoming polls.

Asked about if the party's policy of 'one person — one position' will be applicable for the sitting legislator if she wins the mayoral seat, Chauhan said, Gaud may continue to hold both the posts, however, if she is elevated to the post of a minister, she might have to choose from either of the two. About the recent swine flu deaths in Indore, Chauhan said the state government and health minister are working hard to tackle the problem.

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