Das oozes confidence of winning Jamshedpur East seatcomfortably

Jamshedpur, Nov 18 (PTI) Jharkhand Chief MinisterRaghubar Das on Monday expressed confidence that he wouldnotch up a historic win from Jamshedpur (East) seat followinghis five years of developmental works in the state.

He reiterated BJP will achieve its target of winning 65-plus seats in the ensuing Assembly elections.

'I have full faith in the people of my constituency and Iam very much confident that I will win with more than 1 lakhvotes than the last election margin of 70,000,' Das said,without mentioning his opponent Saryu Roy, who is contestingas an Independent candidate from the same constituency.

Both Das and Roy filed papers from the Jamshedpur (East)seat during the day. The constituency will go to vote onDecember 7.

Das has been winning the seat since 1995.

Roy who held Food, Public Distribution and ConsumerAffairs portfolios in Das cabinet tendered his resignation onSunday night and announced that he would contest against thecm.

'The BJP will achieve its target of 65-plus seats in theensuing assembly election,' he said.

'The involvement of hardworking party workers during mynomination indicated that BJP has achieved its first moralvictory. It will be a historic victory from Jamshedpur (East)as I have very much confidence in the people of theconstituency,' he said.

Asserting that the people would vote for the BJPfollowing the development works and good governance in thelast five years, Das said the saffron party had won 14assembly constituencies in the Kolhan region in the lastpolls, 'showing the BJPs strength in the region and in thestate'.

Our government has provided basic facilities such asroads, electricity and water, which were ignored sinceIndependence. Unlike the first 14 years of the statescreation fearfulness, criminal activities and Naxalism, ourgovernment has developed the state, making it free fromfearlessness, criminal activities and Naxalism, Das said.

'Due to bad governance, Jharkhand had witnessed a numberof scams during the first 14 years of the states creation andmiddlemen played a role in it. Our government successfullykept the middlemen at bay during the last five years,' Dassaid.

The five-phase elections to the 81-member state assemblywill be held from November 30 to December 20 and the countingtakes place on December 23. PTI BS PVRSNS SNS