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HindustanTimes Fri,22 Aug 2014

Modi's brother seeking youth's support in Haryana

Siddhartha Rai, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, February 25, 2014
First Published: 20:40 IST(25/2/2014) | Last Updated: 20:42 IST(25/2/2014)

While the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is trying hard to replicate the Delhi model of its politics by trying to mobilise the youth in Haryana, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) too is leaving no stone unturned to woo the youths as Narendra Modi's elder brother Som Modi is on a four-day mission starting Sunday to address students of several universities across the state to tap into the young vote bank.

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"The elder brother of Narendra Modi is on a four-day mission and tour of the state in which Som has covered a number of universities and institutions to appeal to the younger generation to vote for Narendra Modi in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections," said Kulbhushan Bhardwaj, general secretary of Gurgaon BJP.

"Som Modi went to address Rohtak University students on Monday after paying obesience at the Sheetala Mata Temple here where he prayed for Narendra Modi's success," he added.

On the other hand, according to highly placed sources in the BJP, based on an internal survey the party is giving itself seven out of the 10 Parliamentary seats in alliance with HJC in the state.

Sources also allege that the BJP has entered into a tacit understanding with the Chautalas with whom the party may trade 2 seats in a quid pro quo. The internal survey has given the Congress just one seat.

The BJP has also roped in a group of around 12 people, including former students from the Jawaharlal University, to survey constituencies and rate them according to winnability of the party. The group, party sources say, directly reports to Narendra Modi via a Rajya Sabha MP from the party.

"The party has divided Parliamentary seats all across India, including Haryana, into four categories: those with sitting BJP MPs or where the party is 100% confident of victory; those where the party was defeated but had been victorious at some point of time; those where the party has never won; and such seats where the party does not expect victory at all. Gurgaon has been put in the second category," said a BJP source.


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