Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi will formally kick start their party campaigns for the Rajasthan assembly elections on September 10 and 11 from Udaipur and Jaipur, respectively.
While BJP’s campaign committee chief Modi will address a rally in Jaipur city on September 10, Congress vice-president Gandhi will attend a tribal farmers’ event in Salumber in Udaipur district on September 11.
The BJP is expecting a massive turnout of around 500,000 people to listen to the Gujarat chief minister at Amroodon ka Bagh ground in Jaipur. There is heavy security deployment and intelligence and security personnel are extra cautious, as Modi has Z-plus security.
Modi’s rally, the first of the Suraaj Sankalp Yatra, will start electioneering for the assembly elections.
The state BJP is banking heavily on Modi’s publicity for fetching crowds though the launch of the food security scheme by the state government on the same day may play a spoilsport.
The road from the airport leading to the rally venue has been decked up with party flags and hoardings carrying pictures of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Modi, national president Rajnath Singh, and state president Vasundhara Raje. Singh and Raje will also address the rally.
“The rally will herald the end of kuraaj (bad governance) and start of suraaj (good governance)” said Raje.
The Congress is bringing Gandhi to Rajasthan for two events, one in Salumber and the other in Baran, both tribal-dominated regions. The Congress won 24 of the 35 seats in Udaipur division in the 2008 assembly polls.
Given the number of seats, the tribal region is crucial in government formation. The Congress is hoping to retain its hold over the tribal vote base. The Congress had won majority seats here in 1998 while the BJP wrested the region in 2003.