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Eyes on elections, Cong, BJP begin campaigning

punjab Updated: Sep 21, 2013 17:36 IST
Arjun Sharma
Arjun Sharma
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With eyes on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Congress as well as Bharatiya Janata Party has started flexing their muscles at each other to woo the voters. For this the parties have started door-to-door campaigning under different names highlighting the achievements and discrediting the rivals.

The BJP has started its 'Ghar Ghar Chalo Abhyan' in which party workers go to the booth level and distribute literature highlighting achievements of the party. Even as the campaign started on September 15 it has not got much hype. Workers are going to each and every home at booth level distributing pamphlets.

The literature also compares the regime of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee with the United Progressive Alliance 1 and 2.

BJP state president Kamal Sharma said the door-to-door campaign before the parliamentary election was a necessary step so that voters became aware about the achievements of the state government.

“Literature that is being circulated is both in Hindi and Punjabi so that we could reach out to maximum people,” Sharma said.

Pictures of senior BJP leaders, including Vajpayee, LK Advani, Rajnath Singh and Kamal Sharma, are splashed on the front side of the pamphlet, while pictures of party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi feature on the back side.

However, ridiculing the BJP campaign, Congress has come out with its own statewide march namely 'Adhikar Yatra' that would start from October 2 from Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar. “The march would highlight the 'achievements of UPA 1 and 2 and failures of SAD-led government in Punjab',” said Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary, president of Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress.

On a visit to Ludhiana on Saturday, Chaudhary said the march would go through all 13 parliamentary constituencies and highlight the achievements of Congress-led UPA government.

“We would also make the people of the state aware of the fact that deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal was hijacking the projects that were actually started by the central government,” Chaudhary said.

“The food security bill that is a programme of central government is being highlighted by Badal as a project of his state government,” he said.

Congress has also launched a website that would list the areas where workers have reached.