BJP will win in four out of five states: Nitin Gadkari

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Nagpur, Nov 3: Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari has expressed confidence that his party will win in four out of the five states going to the assembly elections in November and December. The five states are Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Delhi. The election results will be declared on December 8.

Gadkari, who was speaking to journalists on the occasion of Diwali, said the BJP would retain power in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh and dislodge the Congress in Rajasthan and Delhi. He said the people of the last two states were tired with the Congress's misrule.

He did not make any claim to Mizoram for the BJP is a non-entity in the north-eastern state but said that the party had taken a lot of initiative to reach out to the people of the northeastern part of the country. He nevertheless expressed hope that the BJP would do well in Arunachal Pradesh, where it had formed the government in the past, and Manipur. Gadkari, who gave way to Rajnath Singh as the party president earlier this year, said the BJP would gain from the strong anti-Congress wave blowing across the country, including in the northeast.

Gadkari said the AAP's agenda is hollow and only about hype

Gadkari, who is in charge of the BJP for the Delhi assembly polls of December 4, took a dig at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the star attraction in this election season, saying its agenda is hollow and it would not impact the elections. He said the BJP has promised to provide homes to five lakh poor and bring down the power tariff by 30 per cent and also promote use of solar energy. The AAP leadership has also been attacking the ruling Congress over the power tariff issue.

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal had also attacked Gadkari last year over corruption charges and many believe that they played a significant role in the party's decision to replace its chief to fight with the Congress without any baggage.

Gadkari also said on the occasion that he would contest the parliamentary elections next year from Nagpur for he had a commitment towards the people there. He said there were requests from Wardha and Bhandara to contest the poll from those seats but he would not break his promise made to the people of Nagpur.

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