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HindustanTimes Wed,26 Nov 2014

Shanta Kumar sees wave in favour of Modi in entire country

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times   Hoshiarpur, January 25, 2014
First Published: 20:18 IST(25/1/2014) | Last Updated: 20:19 IST(25/1/2014)

In-charge of BJP's Punjab affairs Shanta Kumar said here on Saturday that the political scene in the country indicated a wave in favour of BJP, claiming that the party would fare better than what was being projected in poll surveys.

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Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the party's state executive meeting here, the former HP chief minister said AICC president Sonia Gandhi did well by not projecting any candidate for the prime ministerial post ahead of Lok Sabha elections, heeding the BJP advice that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi did not stand any chance vis a vis Modi.

It was for the first time in India's history that only one prime ministerial candidate was in the fray, he added.     
       
"We are sure of attaining the magic number as Modi has caught the imagination of the country. People are wary of Congress and are desperately waiting for a change", he said.

Commenting on the 'AAP' effect, Shanta Kumar said that its impact had started waning in Delhi itself from where it arose.

"AAP was a movement and not a political party. Its impact is not going to last for long. Failing to govern a single state, they are dabbling in national politics," he added.  
    
He reiterated that there would be no seat-swapping with the SAD and BJP would again contest from Hoshiarpur, Gurdaspur and Amritsar Lok Sabha seats.

He said that the decision on candidates would be taken by the end of this month. As for the candidature of sitting MP Navjot Singh Sidhu was concerned, he said the party executive would decide on it.    

State BJP president Kamal Sharma said that the state unit could also set up Modi tea stalls to make a connect with the people.
 
Asked why the party needed such antics if it was so sure of winning majority, he said, "The Congress had jibed at  Modi's humble background. It was in retaliation to their remarks that BJP had decided to reach out to the people through tea stalls. We can replicate what is being done in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh", he added.

However, there was no plan to distribute 'Modi caps', a la AAP style, he added. 
  
Sharma revealed that the party had chalked out a poll campaign schedule starting February 1. He claimed that the February 23 'Fateh' rally at Jagraon would be historic in terms of numbers.

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