New Delhi: BJP on Wednesday welcomed the announcement of poll dates for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh and expressed confidence of retaining power in both the states on the basis of the development work carried out by respective governments.

"In both the states, BJP is in power...Recently a review meeting of good governance in BJP ruled states was held under the chairmanship of party president Nitin Gadkari and based on the feedback from Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh we are very confident of coming back to power," party spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.

He maintained that even in the discussions at the just-concluded BJP conclave at Surajkund on the work done in these two states as well as meetings of various cells of the party, the net outcome has been good.

"Both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh are free of corruption as far as the image of the chief ministers is concerned. On the other hand there are allegations of corruption and failure to check price rise against the Congress. We are confident of a big victory," Rudy said.

Among the achievements, the BJP claimed its governments have given economic development, good governance, high employment, growth in agriculture and high industrial output.

"All this is a positive recipe for a BJP victory. We are sure of our victory," Rudy said.

Polling will be held on November 4 in Himachal Pradesh and on December 13 and 17 in Gujarat. Results will be declared in both the states on December 20.

(Agencies)

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