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Congress saving Rahul for future: BJP

By The Assam Tribune

New Delhi, Jan 17 (IANS): The BJP today said the Congress did not declare Rahul Gandhi as its prime ministerial candidate because they were saving him for "future elections". "Defeat is written on Congress' face," Bharatiya Janata Party leader Prakash Javadekar said.

"They want to save their only leader for future elections, they know what the results are going to be," he told IANS.

The Congress has announced that Rahul Gandhi, its vice president, will lead the party in the Lok Sabha election this year but won't be the prime ministerial candidate.

Empower common man, says Rajnath Singh:BJP president Rajnath Singh today said India needed "purna swaraj" (complete freedom) and it would come through empowerment of the common man.

The party chief's inaugural speech at the Bharatiya Janata Party's national executive meet was quoted to media persons by party leader Prakash Javadekar, who said there are "foreign elements" which do not want BJP to come to power.

"We got independence in 1947, now we need 'purna swaraj' (complete freedom)," Rajnath Singh was quoted as saying by Javadekar.

"It would mean common man free of corruption and unemployment, empowered farmers, developed science, and enthused youth," Rajnath Singh said.

The BJP president, however, skipped the commonly used expression of "aam aadmi" and used the term "aam insaan" for common man.

He also said there are foreign elements which are trying to stop the BJP from coming to power.

"There are foreign elements which do not want BJP to come to power because they do not want a strong government in Delhi," Rajnath Singh said.

Asked who were the "foreign elements", Javadekar clarified: "The foreign elements which spread terror in the country, and some others want a weak government in India."

Javadekar added that Rajnath Singh expressed confidence in getting complete majority in the coming Lok Sabha polls.

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