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Will retain power, no Modi wave in state: Gehlot

PTI  Jaipur, December 04, 2013
First Published: 00:32 IST(4/12/2013) | Last Updated: 17:23 IST(10/12/2013)

BJP leader Narendra Modi's campaign will have no bearing on the outcome of Rajasthan polls and Congress will reap benefit from the high turn out to form the next government, chief minister Ashok Gehlot said on Tuesday.

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Two days after the polls in the state, top Rajasthan Congress leadership today went into a huddle to deliberate on various factors that may play role in deciding the outcome of the Assembly polls.

In the feedback meeting, Gehlot expressed confidence that the party would again form the government.

AICC General Secretary and in-charge of Rajasthan Gurudas Kamat and PCC chief Chandrabhan were among various leaders present at the day-long meeting.

"Congress will form the next government because people have voted for our schemes and works," Gehlot told reporters before the meeting.

The chief minister claimed that Congress would benefit with the increase in voting percentage and rejected that there was any impact of BJP leader Narendra Modi in the state.

"The Opposition has always been into propagandas," he said.

Tourism minister Bina Kak, who contested from Sumerpur constituency in Pali where Modi addressed a public rally, also said that Modi will have no impact.

"People are happy with the work of the state government and its schemes like free medicines, pension schemes and other works and Congress will retain the power," she said.

Party sources said that candidates were asked about their winning prospects, political situation in their constituencies as well as impact of campaigning by the BJP including rallies of Modi, caste equations, reasons of high voting percentage, and impact of rebels and anti-party activities.

The assessment will be communicated to the party high command, the sources said.

Meanwhile, in BJP, state president and chief ministerial candidate Vasundhara Raje also had a feedback meeting to analyse the situation.

Raje is holding meetings with the party candidates and district presidents to collect post poll feedback.

For 199 Assembly constituencies out of total 200, polling took place on December 1 and the voter turn out was historic at 75.20 per cent.

Results will be announced on December 8 while polling in the remaining constituency ? Churu, where one candidate had died, is slated for December 13.

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