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Advani campaigns for Gujarat polls

Advani was among a host of senior BJP leaders who were campaigning in the state two weeks before the polls on Dec 12.

india Updated: Nov 30, 2002 17:56 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani on Saturday kicked off the final round of campaigning for elections to the Gujarat state assembly.

Advani was among a host of senior leaders of the BJPwho were campaigning in thestate on Saturday two weeks before the polls on December 12.

He was due to address public meetings in two different districts, officials said.

The electoral battle for Gujarat is vital for the BJP as it has suffered a string of losses to the main opposition Congress party in state elections in the past 18 months.

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi is to campaign in the state next week, while Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee is also expected.

Meanwhile an opinion poll released on Saturday said the Congress would win 95-100 seats in the state assembly, while the BJP would get 80-85 seats.

First Published: Nov 30, 2002 17:56 IST