While Congress is playing the development card, BJP is riding on the Narendra Modi wave and banking on the historic majority of the party in the state assembly.
Going innovative with slogans criticising the Congress, Ajmer BJP candidate Sanwar Lal Jat, 59, and his team of local leaders on Sunday campaigned in the city asking for people’s support. Jat is at present MLA from Naseerabad assembly seat.
Welcomed with rose petals and garlands at Paharganj, Jat said, “Across the country people want Modi, elected thrice as chief minister, as the prime minster. The reason is that people are disappointed with the Congress and with corruption, inflation, and atrocities during its regime.”
Shifting between an open jeep and a car while campaigning, hitting hard at the Congress, Jat said soldiers were beheaded, but the central government had no reply.
Speedily covering local areas and making short speeches, he asked people to choose Modi as they had done former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “To see Modi as prime minister, elect me as Ajmer MP,” he added.
Making the public meetings entertaining, district BJP chief Rasa Singh Rawat coined slogans and rhymes which the Congress did not find in good taste. Indicating the BJP influence in the city, hundreds of party activists shouted slogans like “Ajmer jile ka ek hee Lal. Sanwar lal, Sanwar lal.” Jat was also weighed with jaggery (gud) by the supporters.
In the city areas, the Modi wave was visible, “Modi is a strong man. At present the leadership is weak,” said Jaan Nath, who was in the audience listening to BJP leaders.
However, on asking people about how BJP plans to control inflation and corruption, they expressed ignorance, but still favoured the BJP. “We have seen Congress for decades. This time we will give a chance to Modi,” said Himaat Singh, a local businessman. He said Modi seems promising and will bring change.
In support of Jat, party MLA Anita Bhadel at Rambagh area said, “To save the country, bring Modi and for that, support Sanwar Lal Jat.” On asking a resident Shyam Kumar who he would vote for, he said, “Modi’s time has come.”