Delhi polls: PM Narendra Modi to slog for BJP in final leg

  • Neelam Pandey, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 28, 2015 08:51 IST

In the last leg of campaigning, the BJP has decided to go full throttle with Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking centre stage again for the party at four rallies across the Capital.

The rallies are expected to be held in the last few days of campaigning to make the maximum impact on voters. Apart from the Prime Minister, who had been the sole face of the party before Kiran Bedi was declared the chief ministerial nominee, senior party leaders and union ministers will hold rallies for BJP candidates.

According to Anil Jain, senior BJP leader and in-charge of rallies, Modi will address voters of about 20 assembly constituencies at the CBD ground in Shahdara.

Neither Modi nor party president Amit Shah, however, is likely to hold any rally in the New Delhi assembly segment from where AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal is contesting. To ensure that the rallies are a resounding success the central leadership will monitor all the arrangements after allegations of a poor show at the Ramlila Maidan rally.

“Modi-ji will address four rallies in various parts of the city. However, there is no plan for a meeting in the New Delhi assembly constituency. We will have other senior leaders holding rallies and roadshows there in the days to come,” said Satish Upadhyay, Delhi BJP president.

Sources said the rallies have been organised in such a manner that they will be able to cover almost all the 70 constituencies. Delhi will go to polls on February 7 and rallies by the Prime Minister will take place on February 1, 3 and 4 to help the party accelerate. Sources said most of the venues that have been selected are the same from where Modi had addressed rallies in 2013 assembly elections and 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

The February 4 rally will target residents of unauthorised colonies in and around Ambedkar Nagar and neighbouring Deoli, Sangam Vihar — a reserved constituency. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had addressed two rallies at the same venue in 2013 and 2014.

Even Modi had addressed the voters of this constituency in 2013 but the rally did not have much impact on the poll prospects of the BJP candidate as he lost to AAP candidate Ashok Kumar Chouhan, who has switched loyalties and is now a BJP candidate.

Modi had launched BJP’s election campaign on January 10 when he had addressed a rally at Ramlila Maidan in central Delhi.

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