Congress to project no CM candidate in Gujarat poll campaign

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New Delhi, Nov 29 (UNI) The Congress Party today said it would not project any individual as its Chief Ministerial candidate in the Gujarat Assembly elections, though it was confident of its victory due to anti-incumbency wave and many other factors against the BJP's government.

''Under the Congress system and established practice, the Leader of the Congress Legislature Party would be collectively decided by the elected candidates, subject to approval and coordination by the Party High Command,'' AICC Spokesman Abishek Manu Singhvi told mediapersons, while pointing out that the party would not project any individual as CM candidate in Himachal Pradesh also.

Dr Singhvi said it would soon announce the campaign details of its leaders who include Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi.

''It will be a multi-issue campaign and energy security would be one of the issues,'' he said, in reply to a question if the Indo-US Nuclear deal would be highlighted before the electorate by the Prime Minister and Ms Gandhi.

He said the Congress Party had already geared up its forces to see the exit of a person (Chief Minister Narendra Modi) who had made false claims to ''mislead and fool the people''.

In this context, he cited the claim of Mr Modi that Gujarat stood first in the matter of flow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). In fact, Gujarat was in the sixth place among the states and its status in FDI was lower than Andhra Pradesh.

Dr Singhvi said the anti-incumbency wave against Mr Modi would help the Congress in Gujarat, but there was no anti-incumbency feeling against the Congress government led by Vir Bhadra Singh in Himachal Pradesh.

''Anti-incumbency is the reality of politics. But good governance....development oriented governance is the best anti-dote for anti-incumbency.'' He said the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh had proved that it had provided a good governance.


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