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Campaigning picks up momentum

CAMPAIGNING FOR the municipal corporation election has gained momentum after Diwali and Eid. The candidates have intensified their mass contact programme and the bigwigs of various political parties have joined the election campaign. Union minister and senior Congress leader Mahavir Prasad addressed over a dozen meetings in favour of Congress candidate for mayoral post Ramesh Gupta. State president of the party Salman Khurshid is expected here on October 29.

india Updated: Oct 27, 2006 00:07 IST

CAMPAIGNING FOR the municipal corporation election has gained momentum after Diwali and Eid. The candidates have intensified their mass contact programme and the bigwigs of various political parties have joined the election campaign.

Union minister and senior Congress leader Mahavir Prasad addressed over a dozen meetings in favour of Congress candidate for mayoral post Ramesh Gupta.

State president of the party Salman Khurshid is expected here on October 29.

BJP has also expedited their election campaign and former cine star turned politician Shatrughan Sinha would address the public meeting in favour of BJP candidate for mayoral post Anju Chaudhary on October 27.

Earlier, state president of BJP, Keshari Nath Tripathi and state secretary Dr Ramapati Tripathi had already addressed the public meeting for the party candidates and they are leaving no stone unturned to ensure the victory of BJP candidate.

According to party sources, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi and many others are likely to participate in election campaign. Meanwhile, SP leaders including two state ministers, two party MLAs, an MLC and an MP are adding colour to the election campaign in favour of party candidate Sitaram Jaiswal.

The party is sending senior leaders in view to attract the cast vote bank. BJP is concentrating on Kayastha vote bank and planning to rope in Shatrughan Sinha.

SP is in bid to woo the minorities and the traders.

Traders’ community leader Banwari Lal Kanchal had already addressed the meeting in favour of SP candidate.

A programme of state minister for family welfare Ahmad Hasan was also proposed on October 26 but it was changed on the last minute.

The party has also decided to invited traders’ community leaders and MP Ram Narain Sahu.

BSP is not contesting the civic body election on party symbol; therefore, they have not sent any senior leaders.

Dozens of corner meetings and press conferences along with door-to-door canvassing by the candidates for mayoral post and corporator’s post have posed problems for the traders and residents in various localities. 

The voters have so far maintained silence, which has increased the worries of the candidates. Everyone is tight lipped.