Jabalpur, Nov 11 (UNI) Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj has claimed that the party would return to power in Madhya Pradesh as a result of development works carried out by the Shivraj Singh Chouhan Government.
Ms Swaraj, who had arrived here to campaign for the party in Jabalpur division, told UNI here last night that development and public welfare carried out during the BJP rule and Mr Chouhan's honesty would be main poll planks.
She said the Congress could not succeed in making corruption an issue during the elections as it had no evidence against the BJP that it could present to public.
Pointing out that the BJP had fielded women candidates in adequate number, Ms Swaraj said she would be satisfied only after bill concerning 33 per cent reservation for women was passed in Parliament.
On whether Bharatiya Jan Shakti (BJS) President Uma Bharti posed challenged, the BJP leader said Ms Bharti had become irrelevant and it had been proved during previous by-election in the state.
On the numbers of seats the party would win, she said the BJP would get comfortable majority but she does not get caught up in numbers.
She admitted that discontent had surfaced on denial of tickets to more than 50 sitting legislators but described it as natural.
However, when the dissident leader is persuaded, he would work in the favour of the party.
Ms Swaraj said the poll plank of inflation would work for the BJP as women had suffered most who find it difficult to run household.
She alleged that intentions of the UPA Government on the Women's Reservation Bill were doubtful due to which consensus had not arrived in the past four years.
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