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BJP Plans Campaign Blitz, Rahul Gandhi to Accept National Flag Made by Dalits

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hit the campaign trail on Monday. A day ahead and as a prelude to PM's rallies, BJP’s is planning a “carpet bombing” of sorts. Opposition charge in Gujarat is being led by Rahul Gandhi.

Uday Singh Rana | News18.com

Updated:November 23, 2017, 4:07 PM IST
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BJP Plans Campaign Blitz, Rahul Gandhi to Accept National Flag Made by Dalits
In this file photo, PM Narendra Modi greeting people in Vadnagar, Gujarat.(Photo: PIB)
Ahmedabad: With barely two weeks to go before 89 out of 182 seats in Gujarat head to polls in Phase 1 on December 9, both the BJP and Congress are going all out in the last lap of campaigning and all eyes will be on the politically key Saurashtra region.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hit the campaign trail on Monday. A day ahead and as a prelude to PM's rallies, BJP’s is planning a “carpet bombing” of sorts. Top party leaders will fan out across the state on Monday to hold public meetings in every district on the state.

Opposition charge in Gujarat is being led by Rahul Gandhi. After extensive ground coverage in the last one month, Rahul will be heading to Porbandar on Friday to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.

Congress Vice Presidet Rahul Gandhi begin his day at Kirti Mandir, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. He will spend the rest of the morning with fishermen at the Fishing Harbour Ground in Porbandar.

In Ahmedabad, Gandhi will address a Dalit Swabhiman Sabha at the city’s Dalit Shakti Kendra, where he will accept a national flag made by Dalit artisans. The giant flag measuring 125 by 80 feet has been made by the dalit community which was earlier slated to be presented to CM Vijay Rupani. Officials citing lack of space reportedly refused to accept it.

On the other hand BJP’s blitzkrieg from Sunday 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. In addition to Modi and BJP Chief Amit Shah, 21 names have been included in the party’s ‘Star Pracharak’ list. This includes high-profile names like 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.

BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav on Thursday said, “On November 26, the Prime Minister will address karyakartas across Gujarat and later in the day, several leaders from the BJP will address rallies across the state. The PM will address rallies at four places the next day. He will again address four rallies on November 29.”

UP CM Yogi Adityanath 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.

BJP General Secretary Bhupendra Yadav on Thursday said, “On November 26, the Prime Minister will address karyakartas across Gujarat and later in the day, several leaders from the BJP will address rallies across the state. The PM will address rallies at four places on the next day, November 27. He will again address four rallies on November 29.”

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| Edited by: Ashish Yechury
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