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Shah, Rajnath to add ammo to BJP's campaign

The stage is set for the BJP biggies to woo voters in poll-bound Jharkhand

india Updated: Nov 16, 2014 15:48 IST
Saurav Roy

The stage is set for the BJP biggies to woo voters in poll-bound Jharkhand.

For the first time, former party president and union home minister Rajnath Singh will share the stage with party president Amit Shah in Jharkhand during at least eight public meetings on Sunday and Monday.

The two leaders will visit Lohardaga, Gadhwa, Gumla and Chatra during their two-day stay.

In Lohardaga they will campaign for AJSU candidate Kamal Kishore Bhagat.

The first phase of polling for 13 of 81 assembly seats in Jharkhand is scheduled on November 25 and the BJP is not ready to leave any stone unturned in utilising their union ministers and party seniors for campaigning in the constituencies.

Besides Shah and Singh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi too is set to address at least two public meets in the constituencies that would vote on November 25.

His first rally is likely on November 21, sources said.

However, the final dates have not been confirmed by the prime minister's office.

Modi's presence in the state becomes important as the party has declared him the face of assembly elections, say party leaders.

In fact, party sources said Modi would address at least two rallies in each phase of the five-phase elections.

The Prime Minister in the past one year has addressed nine rallies in Jharkhand.

He had last come to Jharkhand on August 21 to inaugurate a PGCIL plant in Bero and the party leadership feels the need of a few visits by Modi to strengthen his wave in the state, which gave 12 of 14 Lok Sabha seats to the BJP.

Union ministers have said many times that eastern states were among the key focuses of the Modi cabinet.

"Modi's rallies will play an important role as we (the party) have projected him as the face of BJP in the state," said party spokesperson Pradeep Sinha.

On Friday, union coal minister Piyush Goyal and union minister for communication for technology Ravi Shankar Prasad addressed 10 public meetings in the constituencies that would vote in the first phase, officially initiating the Jharkhand poll campaign for the BJP.

The party has fielded 72 candidates for the 81 assembly seats in Jharkhand and given eight seats to ally AJSU-Party and one seat to the Lok Janshakti Party.