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Ramesh confident

Ranchi, April 5: Union minister Jairam Ramesh claimed that the Congress would fare well in the Lok Sabha elections and reinstate the UPA government at the Centre again, while discarding predictions of various poll surveys.

“I don’t believe in political astrology,” Ramesh said, interacting with mediapersons at the Congress Bhavan in the state capital this afternoon.

“Contrary to the forecast by these surveys, the Congress will do better in the ensuing polls,” he added.

Asked how he could be so confident when popular sentiment and the anti-incumbency factor were working against the coalition, the minister said, “It is not possible to predict the exact arithmetic at this moment, but the UPA-III will be at the helm of the country’s affairs.”

And what does he think how will his party fare in Jharkhand?

The senior Congress leader, who has been working towards development of Naxalite-affected areas in the state, hinted that the party would win 4-5 seats.

“We now have one MP from Jharkhand,” he said, referring to sitting Ranchi MP Subodh Kant Sahay, and added that the party would bag 300-400 per cent more seats this time.

Reacting to queries regarding poor pace of development work in the state and the status of the common minimum programme that his party had planned with allies JMM and RJD, Ramesh said there was still some time for the state government to work.

Having devoted so much of his time and taking so many initiatives, it would be natural for him to expect that his party would perform better in the state. And it might be considered to be a “personal loss” in case the poll results fell short of his expectations.

“Not at all. I didn’t do anything keeping an eye on the elections,” the minister said.

“Whatever I did in the state was aimed at uplifting people from backward areas and to drive out fear of the extremists from their minds,” Ramesh further said.

Of course partymen might expect to reap benefits of the good work done there, the minister added.


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