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Your long wait for a Union minister's berth continues.
I expected to be included in the last expansion. Maybe the party will consider my work in the future.
You are an MP. Why do you want to contest an Assembly election?
There is an undercurrent in favour of the Congress. I am sure the Congress will come to power and I will get a chance to serve.
By what margin do you expect to win?
How would you rate yourself against BJP candidate Hari Patel?
I am connected and constantly working for my constituency. On the other hand, Hari Patel, who lives in Rajkot, is hardly a known face.
What are the main problems in the constituency?
The state government as failed to bring Narmada water.
You were an accused in riots cases. Are you campaigning among Muslims?
I enjoy good relations with Muslims in my constituency. I have been talking to them since the start of campaigning. I may have been accused in riot cases, but those were false accusations by my rivals and I was acquitted.
How do you expect to perform?
Looking at the response, I can say I will win by 25,000 votes.
How would you explain your 2007defeat?
In 2007, I lost narrowly, by 84 votes. I should have won with a very good margin
had I got the support of BJP workers, some of whom, I came to understand later, had campaigned against me under the guidance of former Godhra MP Bhupendra sinh Solanki.
How would you rate yourself against your rival?
The Congress MLA, Hirabhai Patel, has not taken up any development work at any place. I can see people are not happy with him. The BJP has given me the opportunity to contest this seat for the last three terms, and the people of the constituency know me well.