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Jun 10, 2012 at 05:00pm IST

Congress will be wiped out in 2012 Assembly polls: Narendra Modi

Rajkot: Slamming the UPA government on the issue of development, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the BJP was optimistic of winning the 2012 Assembly polls. He said that the Congress will be wiped out in 2012 polls.

"We are optimistic about winning 2012 assembly polls. We will not let corruption flourish in Gujarat. Congress has disappointed people. Gujarat is setting example in areas of development and growth," Modi said at the BJP meet in Rajkot.

"People of this country are fed up with the government. Congress leaders and ministers are not able to give solutions to any problem," he added.

Modi sternly criticised the UPA government at Centre, saying it has disappointed people of the country with a series of scams coming to light and by ignoring burning issues like price hike.

"This Congress-led UPA government has disappointed people of the country by series of scams and failure of checking corruption and price hike," Modi said while addressing party members on the concluding session of two-day state executive meeting held in Rajkot.

"Assembly elections are likely to be held in Gujarat by year end and people of the state have to decide to choose between BJP's politics of development and Congress's caste-based politics," Modi said.

"We have won in 2002, 2007 and in 2012 Assembly elections, the condition is more favourable for BJP compared to 2002 and 2007 as people of the country are disappointed with Congress rule at the Centre," Modi said.

Modi's statements come amid large scale dissidents and internal bickering in the state BJP on the issue of exit of Sanjay Joshi from the party and revolt by former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel and his supporters.

Meanwhile, the poster war continued in BJP on Sunday with more pro-Sanjay Joshi posters and others apparently targeting Narendra Modi appearing in various parts of Rajkot city. The two-day state executive meeting of the BJP is going on in Rajkot.

Reflecting a deep divide within the BJP on Sanjay Joshi's exit from the party, the posters have appeared when the state is scheduled to go for Assembly elections in December.

This is the third time after Joshi's unceremonious exit from the BJP's National Executive that posters have appeared in Gujarat in support of Joshi and apparently targeting Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

The posters that have come up today near the venue of state BJP executive meeting venue at Atmiya college campus here said "Sanjay Joshi aage badho, hum tumhare saath hai" (Sanjay Joshi go ahead, we are with you).

Few posters targeting Modi also appeared in the city on Sunday which read "Follow Raj dharma, and party dharma".

Though Modi's name was not mentioned on the posters, they were apparently targeted at the Chief Minister, as former Prime Minister AB Vajpayee had advised him to follow 'Raj dharma' after the 2002 riots.

Earlier, posters supporting Joshi and targeting Modi appeared in Ahmedabad a couple of times.

Baffled over the source of the posters, the BJP started an inquiry, but has not able to find out culprit so far.

Joshi, who was first removed from the BJP national executive meet, had quit the party last Friday.

He had reportedly told that he had quit the party due to "pressure being exerted on party leadership by Modi".

Modi and Joshi, who started their career as comrades from Gujarat, later became staunch opponents.

Joshi, who has worked in Gujarat for more than a decade, is quite popular with party workers due to his down-to-earth attitude.

Interestingly, party senior leader LK Advani's photos, which used to be there all over on posters of Gujarat BJP whenever it organised state executive meetings, were seen only on a few posters this time.

When asked why Advani was seen in few posters only, party spokesperson Vijay Rupani said, "This is party's state executive meeting, therefore there were posters of party national president Nitin Gadkari, BJP state unit president RC Faldu and Chief Minister Narendra Modi."

(With additional inputs from PTI)

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