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As campaigning ends for Kairana bypoll, Oppn presents a united front to take on BJP

BJP has thrown in its full might in Kairana taking lessons from the Gorakhpur and Phoolpur bypolls where it lost.

lucknow Updated: May 27, 2018 07:25 IST
S Raju
S Raju
Hindustan Times, Meerut
Kairana bypoll,BJP,Tabassum Hasan
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath with BJP’s Kairana candidate Mriganka Singh and other party leaders during a rally ahead of Kairana assembly bypolls, in Shamli on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

With Kairana by-election scheduled on Monday, political parties went all out to woo voters on Saturday -- the last day of campaigning.

Leaders and workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the united opposition campaigned in different villages, trying to garner support for their candidates.

BJP’s Mriganka Singh will take on Rashtriya Lok Dal’s Tabassum Hasan, who also has the backing of Samajwadi Party, Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party and Aam Aadmi Party.

Taking lessons from the Gorakhpur and Phoolpur bypolls where it had to eat the humble pie, BJP has thrown in its full might in Kairana.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath, deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, and many ministers, former ministers, MPs and MLAs have been addressing rallies and gatherings. There is also a lot of stress on door-to-door campaigning.

On the other side, RLD chief Ajit Singh and his son Jayant Chaudhary have been spearheading Hasan’s campaign. They have been reaching out to voters through small meetings. Jayant Chaudhary has addressed meetings in over 150 villages so far.

“Door-to-door campaigning has helped us inform the voters about our agenda as well as expose the rival ahead of the polls,” said RLD spokesperson Sunil Rohta.

SP leaders have also extended support to Hasan, although without any direct campaigning.

On Saturday, leaders and workers of the rival camps were seen taking steps to strengthen their booth-level organisation. Social media was also used extensively to reach out to voters.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the eastern peripheral expressway and address a rally in the neighbouring Baghpat district on Sunday -- a day before Kairana goes to polls.

BJP’s western UP president Ashwani Tyagi said, “This will further enhance our party’s pro-development image.” Party leaders have also been highlighting Modi government’s achievements over the past four years to woo voters.

First Published: May 26, 2018 20:03 IST