"Despite economic slowdown, developmental programmes continued in the country during the UPA rule. Health care and education programmes, power generation, infrastructure development and other activities were not impacted," Azad told reporters in Jaipur.
    
"We will make a comeback on the basis of our works, policies and welfare programmes," he said.
    
The Health Minister said that Congress is making efforts to reconcile with rebel candidates ahead of the forthcoming Assembly elections.
    
"There are a small number of rebel candidates who have filed their nominations. We are making efforts and hopefully we will persuade them to withdraw by the last date of withdrawal of nominations," Azad said.
    
Azad along with MP Gurudas Kamath were at the PCC to hold a meeting with the PCC president Chandrabhan and other leaders to discuss the rebel factor and to negate its impact.
    
Several candidates of both the ruling Congress and opposition BJP, who were denied tickets, have filed their nominations as independent or on Kirori Meena's National People's Party tickets.
    
Yesterday was the last date for filing nomination papers for the December 1 Assembly elections in Rajasthan and November 16 is the last date for withdrawal of nominations.

(Agencies)

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