New Delhi: Campaigning for the Assembly elections in Telangana and Rajasthan ended at 5 PM on Wednesday. It saw both the BJP and the Congress going all out in wooing the voter with their speeches. (Also read: Cong Delegation Meets EC, Demands Action Against Amit Shah For ‘Lying’ Over Poll Manifesto)
While the parties are going it alone in Rajasthan, in Telangana, the Congress has formed the ‘mahakootami’ (grand alliance) with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) headed by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) founded by retired Osmania University Political Science Professor Prof Kodandaram and the Communist Party of India.
There were days when both the parties had their heavyweights traversing the same state, holding multiple rallies at different venues. While the BJP had party chief Amit Shah and UP CM Yogi Adityanath come out to seek votes, it also saw PM Narendra Modi addressing many rallies in the state. Congress President Rahul Gandhi also left no stone unturned to address the public.
The scale of the rallies may differ but the speeches didn’t have anything new to offer. While PM Modi spoke about naamdaar vs kaamdaar, ‘Congress fatwa against chanting Bharat Mata ki Jai’, houses for all, swachh bharat and LPG connections for all, Rahul spoke about Rafale, agrarian crisis and unemployment.
With the extradition of AgustaWestland middleman Christian Michel and his arrival in the national capital late on Tuesday, however, speeches got some new content. While the PM sent out a warning to the Congress, saying the ‘raazdaar’ had been brought home by the Centre’s efforts and it was a matter of time before he spilled secrets of ‘naamdaars’, the Congress went on to issue a communique wherein it blamed the Government of misleading and misguiding the nation on AgustaWestland.
In Telangana, Rahul promised that the alliance, if voted to power, would solve the dual problem of farmers and unemployment by transforming agriculture that would create new jobs. He counted out all the promised that Chief Minister KC Rao reportedly left unfulfilled.