Uma nor party rebels impact BJP's poll prospects in Guj: Javdekar

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Vadodara, Nov 27 (UNI) The decision of Uma Bharti not to withdraw her BJS party candidates and some party rebels joining the Congress camp will have no impact on the ruling BJP's prospects in the next month's Gujarat Assembly elections, party spokesman Prakash Javdekar today said.

Going by the electoral history of Gujarat, the voters of the state who always wanted a direct fight, had never trusted or favoured the rebels, Mr Javdekar told a news conference here.

He denied that the party was cosidering any proposal to pave way for Uma Bharti's return to BJP ahead of the Gujarat elections.

Replying to a question, Mr Javdekar said 50 sitting MLAs of the party were denied tickets with a view to give opportunities to young bloods in the interest of the party.

Stating that opposition Congress in the poll-bound state had gone totally bankrupt without a leader and ideology, the BJP spokesman said the national leaders of the party had kickstarted the election campaign across the state today with a full-proof strategy.

''The party is confident of bettering its 2002 election tally of 127 in the 182-member Assembly by campaigning on three major poll planks of Narendra Modi's leadership, performance and ideology,'' he said, adding that Congress was miserably lacking on all fronts.

The BJP leader rejected the allegation that the Sangh parivar was unhappy with BJP in Gujarat and asserted that the Sangh and VHP leaders would soon join the campaign trail in the state where more than one million party workers were already on their job to ensure a record polling in favour of BJP.

Claiming that Gujarat had achieved an unparallel success in governance under the leadership of Mr Modi, he said Gujarat could be the first state in the country to fulfil the dream and vision 2020 of former president Dr A P J Abdul Kalam.

Mr Javdekar also lashed out at the Congress and its Left allies for being exposed on three recent incidents relating to Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen, Assam and Nandigram violence.

UNI

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