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Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJP, Congress put up show of strength on last day of campaign

Former chief minister Vasundhara Raje came out in support of the BJP’S Jaipur City candidate Ramcharan Bohra and Jaipur Rural candidate Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Jaipur is considered to be a BJP bastion.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 05, 2019 13:39 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
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Polling for 12 Lok Sabha constituencies will take place on May 6 in the second phase. In the first phase, 13 seats had gone for the polling on April 29.(HT Photo)

On the last day of campaigning on Saturday, candidates and leaders of the BJP and Congress were out in full strength to attract voters.

Both the parties conducted several roadshows and press conferences.

Former chief minister Vasundhara Raje came out in support of the BJP’S Jaipur City candidate Ramcharan Bohra and Jaipur Rural candidate Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Jaipur is considered to be a BJP bastion.

Polling for 12 Lok Sabha constituencies will take place on May 6 in the second phase. In the first phase, 13 seats had gone for the polling on April 29.

Raje began her roadshow from Govind Devji temple on Saturday morning and then went through the walled city, ending the roadshow in Chandpole Hanuman temple. Former minister Rajpal Shekhawat, party MLAS, leaders, councillors and office-bearers were present.

She later took part in a roadshow by Rajyavardhan Rathore in Jhotwara area of his constituency. Raje’s presence was an attempt by the party to scotch any rumours of infighting. She had also participated in a roadshow by BJP national president Amit Shah for party candidate in Jodhpur, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

Talking to reporters, Raje said there was a wave and people wanted Narendra Modi back as prime minister.

The former chief minister said the BJP would win all 25 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan.

Actor Sunny Deol and union minister Nitin Gadkari too participated in the roadshow. Deol’s presence was an attempt by the party to garner Jat votes that are in large numbers in the constituency.

The Congress too carried out a roadshow for its Jaipur candidate Jyoti Khandelwal. It was also an attempt at a show of unity by the party as there have been lot of rumours about infighting. Along with Khandelwal, Congress Rajasthan incharge Avinash Pande, Rajasthan coordinator Vivek Bansal, senior leader Mahesh Joshi and other MLAS were present in the road show.

Pande said that this election was to save democracy and with support of the people Congress would win all 25 seats

There was a fracas between the BJP and Congress workers in the walled city area when the road shows were passing through the same area.

Police intervened and restored order.

Congress’s Jaipur Rural candidate Krishna Poonia too held a roadshow from Kalwar Road to the Congress office in the city. She was accompanied by minister Lalchand Kataria and other Congress leaders.

The roadshows of Rathore and Poonia also criss-crossed each other and police stopped Poonia’s cavalcade for a short time.

First Published: May 05, 2019 13:39 IST

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