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Real winner in Gujarat is Congress: Chidambaram

Last Updated: Thursday, December 20, 2012, 13:55
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New Delhi: The BJP may form a government in Gujarat but "the real winner" in the state is the Congress, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said on Thursday.

As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headed towards victory in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly, Chidambaram underlined that the BJP's appeal had shrunk in the state.

"It is true that the BJP has won in the sense that it will form the government," he told the media here.

"But the real winner is the Congress, which (is set to win) more seats than in 2007. It is the Congress message that has attracted more voters."

In contrast, he said, the number of seats which would be won by the BJP with votes still being counted would be around 117 -- the same number it got five years ago.

"It is the BJP base that has shrunk, even if it has shrunk only a little," he said.

Chidambaram said the BJP win was expected as the Modi government had strangulated bureaucracy.

"The important point is the kind of sweeping victory the BJP was expecting is not there and it has been contained below the number they had last time," Chidambaram said.

He said that Congress has made an impression on the minds of people in Gujarat.

"The exaggerated claims by the BJP have been proven wrong. Large sections of people of Gujarat feel left behind."

IANS

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First Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012, 11:20
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ram - delhi
chidam is talking like stupid. he know all congress leaders should be ashamed including italian sonia
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Harendra Kumar - Bangalore
BJP strangulated bureaucracy like you did for your win.
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vanraj - vadodara
This called as a height ....
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amarendra - chicago
PC are you talking about your election where you lose and bureaucrate declare you winner. This is strangulation of bureaucracy. Here is example of how thief declare good people tjief.
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Ambalal Patel - USA
I thought that since he is finance minister, his math may be better than others but he is also stupid. He is trying hard to please Soniya but he looks idiot.
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Dr.L.R.Pradeep - Thckalay
The REAL COMEDIAN-2012 Award goes to >>>>The Known Rich POLITICIAN and Finance Minister of CRUEL UPA-Mr.Pachayappan CHIDANBARAM
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Mohan.K.R.K - Hyderabad
Wonder how he is fit to be a Finance Minister! He says 58 score in elections is victory against 115. Precisely this is the reason why our India is like this. Grow up you PC, I am from south India and I know the how your defeat turned out to be a win in last elections. Definitely you will bite the dust soon
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Raj Malhotra - India
..andhe aage naachte kala akharat jaye !! Top cartoons in Congress. truly.
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Navinchandra Dave - Vadodara-Gujarat
Mr.PC, please know that victory is victory. No excuses please. In a match, win by a run or by 100 run, cup goes to the winner only. And if, you the congress is winner as you says, why your gujarat congress president should resign ?
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SUNIL KUMAR GUPTA - DELHI
I thought Mr Chidambram is a balance and well reasoned person. But today by his comments he has lowered his stature from a not only an intelligent, sensible and reasonable pollitician but also as a good lawyer. Such a poor argument which even an illiterate person can easily reject and laugh at.
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Pankaj - New Delhi
Chidambram and congress is like khisiyani bili khamba nochhe!!!!



KASTURI RANGAN - HYDERABAD
Now it is very clear as to why Indian economy is at the present state of affairs. If a Finance Minister can say that Congress is the winner in Gujarat, then our economy is there as it should be only



jaiho - mumbai
How Indian finance minister dont know the simple calculation of arithmatic, what type of Finance minister we have? no doubt why Inida suffers?



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