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(WEEKEND PACKAGE 1) Bharatsinh Solanki sees direct contest between Cong, BJP in Gujarat - Ahmedabad News

 Ahmedabad, Aug 12 (IANS) Ex-Union minister and former president of the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee, Bharatsinh Solanki sees a direct Congress-Bharatiya Janata Party fight in the upcoming Assembly polls. To reach the magic figure of 92 plus seats in the assembly of 182 seats, the Congress will align with like minded parties, he said.

(WEEKEND PACKAGE 1) Bharatsinh Solanki sees direct contest between Cong, BJP in Gujarat - Ahmedabad News

Speaking to IANS Solanki said, "Once the Congress joins with like minded parties, it will have a straight fight with the BJP, there may be one or two other parties in the fray, but their presence will be only negligible or on a few seats. There is no possibility of a triangular or four cornered contest."

Bharatsinh is the son of former Chief Minister Madhavsinh Solanki, who had coined 'KHAM' (Kshatriya, Harijan, Adivasi, Muslims) social engineering in the state. He believes times have changed now only social engineering does not work, no party can be dependent on any one or a few communities, now small groups or communities are to be taken seriously.

There is a huge difference between 2017 and 2022. This time people are very annoyed with the ruling BJP in the state, inflation, unemployment are major issues. The Congress will not just raise these issues but will come out with solutions. It will plan to boost the state economy and see that people's income increases, along with that taxation has to be restructured to boost trade and industry, explained Solanki. This will help the Congress to reach voters and win the hearts of people, and gain power in the state.

The Congress is also working on budget allocations. If it comes to power it plans to look into restructuring of budget allocations, where money goes into the hands of the masses and not to selected groups or industrial houses. If more money is in the hands of the masses, money circulation increases and the economy bounces back, he suggested.

Avoiding a direct answer on projecting a chief ministerial face and factions in the party, Solanki said that it up to the party national leadership to decide whether they want to project any one person or not, I can't suggest it. He added that all state leaders are working together for the party's victory.

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