Shivraj calls self ‘ biggest pollster’, predicts win
D a t i a ( M a d h y a P r a d e s h ) , Dec. 8: As the exit polls predicted a tight race with the
C o n g r e s s , Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday expressed confidence that the BJP would win a comfortable majority in the Assembly election to form a government for the fourth consecutive time
“I am the biggest surveyor ( pollster) as I remain in the midst of public all day long. The BJP is set to romp home,” he said after visiting the Shree Pitambara Peeth temple.
He was asked about exit polls predicting a close fight between the BJP and the Congress.
“We have got the blessings of every section of society in the elections and we are on the way to win the polls,” he claimed. Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday latched on to the remarks of the Army officer who had overseen the 2016 surgical strikes across the LoC to train his guns at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for using them to gain political capital.
“Spoken like a true soldier General. India is so proud of you. Mr 36 has absolutely no shame in using our military as a personal asset. He used the surgical strikes for political capital and the Rafale deal to increase Anil Ambani’s real capital by 30,000 cr. # SurgicalStrike ( sic),” Mr Gandhi, who has often in the past accused the Prime Minister of using a routine military operation to boost his image as a decisive and fearless leader, tweeted.
Former Northern Army Commander Lt. Gen. D. S. Hooda ( Retd), who monitored live video feed of the surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads across the border in September 2016, had said at an event in Chandigarh on Friday that constant maintenance of “too much hype” around military operations was unwarranted.
“In hindsight, it would have been better had we done it ( surgical strikes) secretly,” he said, triggering a major controversy.
Reacting to Lt. Gen. Hooda’s comments, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday termed it as an “individual person’s perception”.
“Lt. Gen. Hooda was one of the main persons involved in these operations… I respect his words very much,” Gen.