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BJP to launch 'One note, Kamal par vote' campaign today

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, February 12, 2014
First Published: 00:30 IST(12/2/2014) | Last Updated: 00:32 IST(12/2/2014)

Wearing Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's masks, the party workers on Tuesday would hit city streets as part of the party's campaign 'One note, Kamal par vote' to reach out to electorates.

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The campaign was launched by party affairs in-charge, Chandigarh, Aarti Mehra at the party office in Sector 33, in the presence of local unit president Sanjay Tandon and others.

Two other senior leaders Satya Pal Jain and Harmohan Dhawan, who are also in the ticket race along with Tandon, were not present at the function.

The party clarified that Jain was away to Delhi to attend a national committee meeting and Dhawan was busy in a family function.

Dhawan also did not attend the state executive meeting on Sunday, though was present at the election committee meeting held later.

Meanwhile, launching the campaign, Mehra said workers would start the campaign in their respective areas on Tuesday on the death anniversary of founder of Jan Sangh, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.

Another campaign, 'NaMo tea party' will also kick-off on Tuesday.

Giving details, Tandon said under the 'one note, kamal par vote' campaign, residents of all the 490 booths of the city would be targeted. The party had roped in all its office-bearers such as district presidents, ward presidents and booth in-charges to make the campaign successful.

“They will go to their respective areas with a box, flags and masks of Narendra Modi (some of them) and handover a letter written by BJP national president Rajnath Singh wherein he has appealed to vote for Modi and seek donations from residents,” said Tandon, adding that from Rs. 1 to a maximum of Rs. 1, 000 could be contributed.

Tandon also had a meeting of various bodies of the party on Monday afternoon to make the campaign successful.

As far as “NaMo Tea Party” campaign is concerned, Tandon said the workers would target people at markets, morning and even walkers, shoppers in malls and other places from Tuesday. “The workers will have jars of tea with them and offer it to people wherever they go and interact with them at various places across city especially, green belts of city,” Tandon added.

AAP a serious contender: BJP survey

According to a survey done by the BJP in the city, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is emerging as a serious contender in upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Party sources say the Congress is losing its vote share in the city, but majority of votes are going to the AAP. The BJP commissioned the survey through a private agency. The survey shows that from 56% votes polled to Congress in the Lok Sabha elections in 2009, the Congress is losing 36% of votes. “But 23% of votes the Congress is losing are going to the AAP. Only 13% will come to the BJP,” the party sources said, though played it down claiming that if AAP's working further deteriorates in Delhi, the BJP could benefit from it.

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