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10 Union Ministers, 4 CMs to Star in BJP's Campaign Blitzkrieg in Gujarat Today

The BJP campaign will see 10 Union Ministers, four sitting Chief Ministers, three former Chief Ministers, two Members of Parliament and a BJP state chief hitting the ground and addressing rallies.

Uday Singh Rana | News18.com@UdaySRana

Updated:November 26, 2017, 7:52 AM IST
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10 Union Ministers, 4 CMs to Star in BJP's Campaign Blitzkrieg in Gujarat Today
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Ahmedabad: With less than two weeks to go for the first phase of polling in the Gujarat Assembly Elections, the BJP is flooring the pedal with a campaign blitzkrieg scheduled for Sunday.

The BJP campaign will see 10 Union Ministers, four sitting Chief Ministers, three former Chief Ministers, two Members of Parliament and a BJP state chief hitting the ground and addressing rallies.

Sunday’s rallies are being viewed as an opening act for Monday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi hits the campaign trail himself. The focus of the campaign will be on Saurashtra and South Gujarat, which go to polls on December 9 in the first phase.

In addition to Modi and BJP Chief Amit Shah, 21 names have been included in the party’s ‘Star Pracharak’ list.

This includes — Sushma Swaraj, Yogi Adityanath, Piyush Goyal, Devendra Fadnavis, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, JP Nadda, Raman Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Smriti Irani, Uma Bharti, Radha Mohan Singh and Dharmendra Pradhan.

In Surat, where Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) workers have been clashing with their BJP counterparts, the responsibility to open the campaign has fallen on the shoulders of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

The UP CM will campaign in Surat East, Bharuch and Jambusar while his Maharashtra counterpart Devendra Fadnavis will campaign in the reserved constituencies of Bardoli, Nizar and Mandavi.

Meanwhile, BJP functionaries and workers across the state are planning to host special sessions for the Prime Minister’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio address across all 182 assembly constituencies of Gujarat.

BJP General Secretary Bhupendra Yadav had on Thursday said, “On November 26, the Prime Minister will address karyakartas (workers) across Gujarat. Later in the day, several leaders from the BJP will also address rallies across the state. The PM is set to speak at four rallies on November 27. He will repeat the task two days later.”

PM Modi will begin with a rally at Bhuj in Kutch district. He will then head on to Jasdan and Dhari assembly constituencies and address back-to-back rallies there.

After three rallies in Saurashtra, the PM will cap off the day with a rally in South Gujarat’s Kamrej assembly seat.

He will then leave for Delhi in the evening and return to Gujarat on November 29.

The PM will follow the same formula – of three rallies in Saurashtra and one in South Gujarat – on Wednesday as well. His first rally in the second phase will be at Morbi, followed by Prachi, Palitana and Navsari.

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| Edited by: Aditya Nair
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