DEHRADUN: Both Congress and BJP have intensified their attacks on each other before the poll campaign deadline for Karnaprayag ends on Tuesday evening.
Assisted by PCC chief Kishore Upadhyay, chief minister Harish Rawat is leading the Congress campaign. Some of its sitting legislators from areas adjoining Karnaparyag are campaigning there. On Monday, Rawat addressed four public meetings in Karnaprayag. The schedule will be repeated on Tuesday.
For BJP, its state president Ajay Bhatt and its general secretary, organization, Sanjay Kumar are leading the charge. The opposition party’s campaign though appears to be getting more intensive with most of its top state leaders, including four former chief ministers BC Khanduri, Vijay Bahuguna, BS Koshiyari and Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank besides the party’s state in-charge Shyam Jaju, slated to lead road shows in Karnaprayag on Tuesday.
As campaigning picks up pace in its last leg, both sides are claiming a clear win. Congress is winning Karnaprayag hands down, Rawat had said. BJP leaders are equally confident. “It is one of many assembly constituencies where we are absolutely confident of winning,” Kumar said, adding that BJP would win riding the ‘Modi wave.’
“People are happy with PM Narnendra Modi because they feel that the two upcoming schemes in Uttarakhand he has released funds for would also bring about an economic turnaround in Karnaprayag,” Kumar said, referring to the Rs 12000 crore Chardham all-weather road plan and Rs 16, 200 crore Rishikesh-Karnaprayag railway project.
Congress is hoping to get electoral mileage owing to the CM’s decision to set up a Vidhan Sabha Bhawan at Gairsain, which many see would lead to the hill town being declared as a permanent capital.
Upadhayay accused the BJP top brass of trying to poach on five of the Congress candidates who were potential winners in the polls. “They are desperate to ensure that we are unable to form our government, if our party wins the assembly election.” BJP media in-charge Devendra Bhasin dubbed Upadhyay’s statement as “a clear sign of frustration”.