Fiery Campaign For Rajasthan Assembly Polls Came To An End; Voting Tomorrow


New Delhi: The last day of campaigning in the state saw 33 events, including two public meetings by PM Modi — in Sumerpur (Pali) and Dausa. With this the fiery campaign for the December 7 Rajasthan Assembly polls came to an end.

BJP national president Amit Shah held a road show in Ajmer, while chief minister Vasundhara Raje held meetings in Kherwara and Bagidora, and a road show in Baran. She did not visit Jhalawar, her home turf. State Congress president Sachin Pilot and former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot campaigned largely in their own constituencies.

While Pilot addressed several meetings in Tonk district and one in Sawai Madhopur, Gehlot held a meeting in Pali’s Jaitaran constituency and several others in Jodhpur district. Congress general secretary in charge of Rajasthan Avinash Pande said that Pilot and Gehlot addressed more than 240 public meetings. Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressed more than 30 public meetings, the last on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference in Jaipur to present a wrap of the campaign, Shah said, “A total of 222 public meetings of leaders, including central ministers and chief ministers of other states were held and 15 road shows were organised during the campaign.”

While the PM addressed 13 public meetings during the two-week campaign period, Raje held 75 public meetings besides a Gaurav Yatra. Shah himself held 38 programmes covering all 33 districts in the state.

Caste and religion dominated the issues raised by campaigners from both parties. The PM picked on Congress leader CP Joshi’s remark that only Brahmins knew about Hinduism and were learned enough to speak about it. Modi also targeted Gandhi’s criticism of his use of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

On Tuesday, the Congress president said in a rally in Alwar that Modi opens his speeches with the slogan and speaks about nationalism, but alleged that he works for top industrialists.

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