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By Our Special Correspondent
NEW DELHI. NOV. 21. The Bharatiya Janata Party remains unfazed in the face of poll surveys predicting a defeat for the party in three of the four Hindi heartland States going to the polls on December 1. "The poll surveys can say what they want, our assessment is that we will win handsomely," the party's spokesperson, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, said.
The surveys had failed to record the undercurrent during the period the issue involving the former Union Minister, Dilip Singh Judev, surfaced, according to Mr. Naqvi.
If the BJP leaders are to be believed, the whole episode had resulted in the resurgence of support for Mr. Judev, and what was shown on the video cassette disk was attributed to the "dirty tricks department" of the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Ajit Jogi.
"The whole thing has backfired on the Congress," said a party leader.
The BJP sought to remind the people of the scams and scandals when the Congress was in power. "The Congress cannot wipe out its shameful history of misgovernance and corruption," said Mr. Naqvi.
Accusing the Congress of trying to divert attention from the real issues before the electorate in the four States, he challenged the Congress leadership to give an account of its achievements in the States." We are seeking a positive mandate on the basis of development and governance, while the Congress is trying to divert attention by building a false web through unnecessary and unfounded issues."
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