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Congress will repeat 1998 success in Rajasthan: Gurudas Kamat

Thursday, 5 December 2013 - 2:18pm IST | Place: Jaipur | Agency: DNA
After concluding the feedback exercise of party candidates, state incharge claims the Congress will get over 150 seats, like it had got in 1998 Assembly polls.

The two-day feedback session of Congress candidates concluded at PCC office on Wednesday.

The feedback report will be handed over to AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Senior leaders including state incharge Gurudas Kamat claimed that the party would get more than 150 seats, just the way it had got in 1998 elections.

In the two-day feedback exercise, most of the candidates complained of ‘back-stabbing and non-cooperation’ by senior leaders. Party’s top brass said that those who worked against the interest of the party would not be spared. 

Kamat said, “The feedback exercise has been completed. We are again repeating the success of 1998 when the party had got 156 seats. This was the only target before elections and we are achieving it. Candidates also told about their problems and those who back-stabbed them would be expelled from the party.” Over the issue of complaints received against MPs, he said that the party was investigating the matter but there were hardly any complaints against MPs, except one or two. Meanwhile, as many as 176 candidates reached the PCC office on Wednesday to give their feedback.

Party leaders said that remaining leaders like Hemaram Chaudhary, Sonaram etc could not come due to personal reasons.

Leaders said that feedback was taken from them over telephone. “Around 23 candidates could not come due to various reasons, so their feedback was taken over telephone,” said Kamat.

Meanwhile, several candidates, on the second day of feedback exercise, informed the top brass about the hurdles that they faced during the elections.

Civil Lines candidate Pratap Singh Khachariyawas alleged, “Office-bearers sit in the party office and do politics and in the election time, they back-stab the candidates of their area because they could not get party ticket.” Sitting MLA and party candidate from Surajgarh Shrawan Kumar and Rajendra Guddha from Udaipurwati alleged that a senior Union minister from Jhunjhunu was weakening the Congress for his self interest. From Jhunjhunu, a couple of other leaders too levelled similar allegations. Complaints of this sort were also received from Adarsh Nagar, Chaksu and Bagru constituencies where candidates blamed the local leaders for not supporting them in the elections. 

Vikram Singh Shekhawat, Congress candidate from Vidhyadhar Nagar, complained that the local party workers did not take interest or give support to him.

‘People voted to wipe out kirori’
Parsadi Lal Meena, Congress candidate from Lalsot, was the only leader who openly said that neither Kirori nor Modi was a factor in his constituency. He said, “Is Kirori or Modi a big gun? In my area, only one factor works and it’s Parsadi factor.” He added, “In eastern Rajasthan, people are fed up with Kirori’s hooliganism. Everyone has voted against him and he will be wiped out.”

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