Rajasthan will face assembly polls on December 7. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is facing a strong challenge from a resurgent Congress in the state with the opposition party winning a number of by-polls in the past couple of years.
A number of opinion polls has also given an edge to the Congress but the BJP has insisted that it will be able to repulse the opposition's challenge.
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, who is also the election-in-charge for the BJP for Rajasthan's elections, said that the BJP will return to power in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh (MP) and Chattisgarh.
“There is no rule that every time there will be once Congress, once BJP. We have bucked all the anti-incumbency issues and we have maintained our states like Gujarat, Goa and we have won many other states. In 14, we had six states, now we have 19 and Congress had 16, they have lost it, now they have only 4. So Congress is losing, BJP is winning, that is what we see all over India. So we will maintain all our three states, MP, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan,” Javadekar told CNBC-TV18 on Wednesday.
With regards to farmer suicides, Javadekar said, “The suicide of farmers all over the country is the result of anti-farmer policies pursued by Congress for over 50 years because Congress never gave them comprehensive insurance, Congress never offered them real prices that was their demand for 40 years. Then they never gave them water and the due credit and many other things. We have given them fertiliser, Fasal Bima Yojana and more importantly, remunerative prices – 150 percent more than the cost of production. It was a landmark decision of Modi government and now farmers are happy because now they are assured of minimum support price which is 150 percent of their cost of production."
Polls for the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly will be held on December 7 and the results will be declared on December 11.
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First Published: IST