The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Singh won 49 seats in the recently concluded assembly elections. Congress could win only 39 seats in the 90-member assembly.

"It is a failure of Congress strategists. They were so involved in 18 seats, (which went to polls in first phase on November 11), that they did not think of the 19th seat. Even Rahul Gandhi used to talk about 18 seats and he also did not talk about the 19th seat," Singh told reporters here.

He said the Congress leaders were so sure that nothing will happen in Chhattisgarh after Phase I.

"We had got the indication that we are going to face loss in the first phase. That's why, on other 72 seats (which went to polls on November 19), we put in our all efforts. I did a lot of public rallies. I used to do a lot of helicopter sorties. I attended eight public rallies in a day," he said.

Singh will be sworn in as Chief Minister for the third time here on Thursday.

61-year-old Singh said he would concentrate on good governance and more development work during his third tenure.

Raman Singh visits his constituency

Raman Singh, who led the BJP to its third successive victory in the assembly election, arrived here on Wednesday to a warm welcome from his supporters.

A large number of people and representatives of various social organisations assembled at the Chief Minister's camp office here to welcome Singh who won the election from Rajnandgaon.

A select group of people garlanded him and congratulated the 61-year-old BJP leader on completing a hat-trick of victories in assembly polls.

Speaking on the occasion, Singh, who will be sworn in for a third term at a function in capital Raipur on Thursday, thanked the people of Rajnandgaon for once again reposing faith in him.

The Chief Minister earlier visited the ancient Sheetladevi Temple near here and offered prayers. He was accompanied by his son Abhishek.

(JPN/Agencies)

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