Zee Media Bureau/Himanshu Kapoor
Raipur: With Chhattisgarh all set for two-phase polls on November 11 and 19, Chief Minister Raman Singh on Saturday expressed confidence in winning the upcoming Assembly election and said that the BJP will perform even better than last time.
"We will perform even better in upcoming Assembly polls and development will be the main agenda," Singh said. Calling the Chhattisgarh election as semi-final battle, Singh said that the final will be fought in 2014 General Elections.
Singh said that the Congress has chosen Rahul Gandhi as its leader for the 2014 election and BJP has chosen Narendra Modi, now the country will choose one of them.
As BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi continues to take his rally train through several states and raking up issues like corruption and economic and foreign policy failure of the Central government, Singh said that Modi will campaign in Chhattisgarh for three days.
"All our national leaders including Narendra Modi will campaign in Chhattisgarh, Modi ji will be here for three days," Singh said.
On Thursday, Raman Singh with 50 others filed nominations for the first phase of the Assembly polls. As 18 Maoist-affected constituencies of South Chhattisgarh will go on polls on November 11 and 114 nomination have been filed so far, Singh hoped that 90 per cent of the rebels will withdraw their nomination.
The chief minister said, "We are in talks with the rebels, hope that 90 per cent of them will withdraw their nominations."
On being asked about his son contesting the polls, Singh said that everyone doesn`t need to contest elections. "My son Abhishek is contributing whereever required," Singh said.