Wave in favour of BJP's 2nd innings: Chouhan

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Bhopal, Nov 8(UNI) Claiming that his performance during the last three years was beyond expectation, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said his attempt would be to take Madhya Pradesh to the rank of frontline states by undertaking multi-faceted development works.

''We have taken a pledge to launch schemes for the upliftment of all sections with a focus on seven sectors like infrastructure, industry, women empowerment and turning agriculture as a profitable venture'', he told UNI, adding ''Our achievement in the last three years was much better than what we had imagined. Our target is to take the state as a developed state in the next five years''.

''Madhya Pradesh is endowed with rich mineral resources. Poor inhabit the rich land. Our resources like water, forest wealth and minerals would be properly used to ensure the state's development'', Mr Chouhan said, adding ''we would not ape others as we would have our own development model''.

''BJP would come out with a comfortable majority to begin the second innings and the goodwill among the masses would keep the party in good shape'', he said declining to go after the number of seats the party was expected to win.

Few dissidents in the fray were expected to withdraw before the end of the deadline and they would not pose much damage to the party, the Chief Minister said. ''Uma Bharti factor was negligible'', he said referring to the presence of her Bharatiya Jan Shakti at the hustings.

''There was a wave in favour of retaining BJP'', Mr Chouhan claimed denying any anti-incumbency factor against the BJP, adding the state's bipolar politics with BJP and Congress as main players would continue, while the third force is a distant dream.

Mr Chouhan, who is more popular as a sobre politician, says he has his own work style. ''Be happy and wish all happy'' is his motto, he says, adding he has respect for leaders of all opposition parties and keeps no ill-will against others.

The BJP leader said he was lucky to have the blessings of Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh in all his efforts.

The BJP government's efforts to improve roads, irrigation and power distribution yielded results, he claimed.

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