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We forced BJP to focus on devp: Soni

Congress on Saturday said it forced the saffron party to change its agenda in the state and focus on development for which Ashok Gehlot goverment has won appreciations.

india Updated: Nov 29, 2003 21:59 IST

Alleging that BJP wanted to repeat Gujarat in Rajasthan, Congress on Saturday said it forced the saffron party to change its agenda in the state and focus on development for which Ashok Gehlot goverment has won appreciations.

"Congress has forced BJP to change its agenda and talk of development issues... BJP wanted to repeat the propaganada with which it won Gujarat elections but the appreciation that Gehlot government received from all quarters forced it to change its agenda in Rajasthan", party general secretary Ambika Soni told reporters here.

She claimed Congress was not faced with anti-incumbency factor in Rajasthan because of the "excellent" drought management, power generation and maximum utilisation of funds given by the Centre for construction of roads by the party government in the state.

Soni claimed the party would get a comfortable majority in the state and would be voted back to power.

She raised the issue of union ministers allegedly "looting money" from public sector undertakings and questioned Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's assurance that one crore jobe will be generated in the country.

Senior Congress leader Salman Khursheed raised the issue of Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat's alleged involvement in Rajasthan politics and said this suggested that BJP was leaderless in the state.

First Published: Nov 29, 2003 21:59 IST