BJP will win 3/4 majority, says Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani

BJP will win 3/4 majority, says Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani

The ruling BJP on Wednesday expressed optimism that it will win three-fourths majority in the Assembly election in Gujarat announced by the Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday.

“We are going to bag three-fourths majority, that is 150+ seats. We are ready and we will fight the election on the issues of development and talk only nationalism,” Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat, told mediapersons soon after the EC announced the polls.

Rupani, who was addressing the media on the sidelines of the state parliamentary board meeting of the party, said they would announce the list of candidates at least two days ahead of filing of nominations and shall aggressively enter the electoral battle.

“So far, three surveys by media houses have been positive and show that BJP will win a majority. In UP, no one could gauge that BJP will win 325 seats, we will win in a similar fashion,” he said.

Hitting out at the Congress, Rupani said the Congress was finished and its leadership in the state was non-existent. So, it has “surrendered” to three youngsters – Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakore and Jignesh Mevani. “The way Congress is running after them shows that they have lost,” he said.

The three, on their part, hit out at the BJP and said their attacks on the ruling party would only sharpen further. “I am already on a 10-day campaign, of which first three days have been successful. We will ensure BJP loses and have asked the Congress to clarify its stand on reservation to Patels. If they agree to our demands, we will provide them support,” Patel said.

Youth dalit leader Jignesh Mevani said though he would not join any party, the announcement of elections was something to celebrate. “We will not let BJP enter our community areas. We will do the maximum campaigning against the BJP and about how they have harassed people of Gujarat for the last 22 years,” he said.

Calling BJP’s development claim 'fake', Mevani said the party favoured a handful of industrialists. “They also do not keep promises to any community or class. They promised a lot of things for victims of the dalit flogging incident at Una, but nothing has been done. They are not even willing to talk to us,” he said.

Thakore, who formally joined Congress a couple of days ago, said Congress would win 125 seats this time. “Our booth-level management this time is extremely methodical and there is a strong wave of change in Gujarat,” he added.

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