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Bhopal: On the eve of Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls, the longest-serving chief minister of the state is unfazed by talk of anti-incumbency. In an interview to PTI on Tuesday, Shivraj Singh Chouhan said pro-incumbency and not ant-incumbency, is at play in the central Indian state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and BJP chief Amit Shah were among the leaders who addressed poll rallies in the state, where voting for all the 230 Assembly seats is scheduled on Wednesday. “What is at work here is pro-incumbency and not anti-incumbency,” said the 59-year-old BJP leader, whose party has been in power in the state since 2003.
Chouhan exuded confidence that his party will win the election with a “comfortable majority”. “The difference this time around, compared to the 2008 and 2013 polls is that we drew more crowds, especially the poor, in our public meetings,” he said.
Asked if demonetisation and GST will adversely affect the BJP in the state polls, Chouhan said they wont “come in way” of the partys victory. The two initiatives will prove to be a boon for the country in the long run, he said.

Calling Modi as “Gods blessing to India”, Chouhan said Gandhi has lowered the “standard” of campaigning. “Nobody doubts Modi jis honesty in the country. He is an honest and upright person,” he added. “Rahul wrongly targeted my son in the Panama Papers leaks and levelled baseless allegations against me,” Chouhan said.

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