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BJP confident of winning 163 seats in MP

BJP has expressed confidence that it will win nearly 163 of the 230 seats to end Cong rule in Madhya Praadesh after 10 years.

india Updated: Nov 30, 2003 16:27 IST

On the eve of polling for Madhya Pradesh assembly, BJP on Sunday expressed confidence that it will comfortably win nearly 163 of the 230 seats to end Congress rule in the state after 10 years.

Talking to reporters here, state BJP spokesman Calash Vijaywargiya said "after the hectic electioneering focussed on the developmental issues, the BJP will win 163 seats comfortably in the polls and will form the government".

The BJP spokesman also took objection to a Congress advertisement that appeared on Sunday in the media claiming that the performance of the state government was even praised by the President of India.

"The advertisement is in violation of the model code of conduct as the name of President cannot be used for the political purpose," he said adding the BJP would petition the Election Commission in this regard.

Vijaywargiya said Chief Minister Digvijay Singh's 'social engineering' in the form of 'Dalit agenda' had failed in the state as it was aimed at dividing the people on the basis of caste to fulfil the political goals. "It was not social engineering, but social destruction," he added.

Referring to Raghogarh from where Singh is contesting the polls against BJP general secretary Shivrajsingh Chouhan, Vijaywargiya said Chouhan was already a "winner" in the constituency as he had "forced" the Chief Minister and "his entire family" to campaign in the polls for the first time.

"The Chief Minister has spent six days in Raghogarh though earlier he announced he would only file his paper from the seat and would campaign just for a day," he said.

First Published: Nov 30, 2003 16:27 IST