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Modi mania in Rajasthan pushes real issues to the backseat

Rashpal Singh & Sachin Saini  Jaipur, April 15, 2014
First Published: 22:52 IST(15/4/2014) | Last Updated: 22:57 IST(15/4/2014)

Vote for Modi — a slogan that can be heard from all corners of India. And when it comes to poll related issues, a majority of candidates and senior party leaders of both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress are trapped in the 'Modi' mania.

While all the BJP candidates and senior leaders, including chief minister Vasundhara Raje, are seeking votes on the name of the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the Congress candidates and leaders are dissuading people from being carried away by the Modi wave.

Real issues like water, electricity, roads, medical and health facilities, and education have taken a backseat.

"Vote for making Modi the next prime minister and see Rajasthan change," Raje can often be heard appealing the masses in her election rallies. This apart, she dwells on the "faulty policies" of the previous state government and promises to "correct" the wrong.

Unlike BJP candidates, who are entirely banking on the Modi wave, the Congress leaders are trying to highlight and sell works done by the UPA government over the last decade. The leaders are pointing at the UPA schemes and policies like MNREGA, Right to Information, Right to Education, pension and affordable housings schemes, and economic policies.

The MPs are also highlighting the work done by them, from bringing new trains, bridges to computerisation, opening universities, schools, hospitals and hostels. The Congress candidates are keeping poll campaign clean instead of passing scathing remarks on the Opposition. This is left to the party's star campaigners or the leaders who are not in the poll fray.

"The BJP government (in the state) has shown its true face and thrown away the mask which its leaders wore before the assembly polls," said state Congress president Sachin Pilot, who is contesting from Ajmer.

Pilot mentioned his achievements of bringing central university and airport to Ajmer, 42 new trains, computerisation of schools, pension schemes, along with other UPA schemes.

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