Tough politics awaits Modi

Tough politics awaits Modi

Tough politics awaits Modi

On his return from the much publicised tour of the US, tough politics awaits Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The BJP is trying to encash the prime minister’s public appeal in the Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly polls, to try and wrest power from the Congress. 

The campaign theme would revolve around the slogan, “Chalo Chale Modi Ke Sath”, given their belief that the hundred days of the NDA government has not eroded people’s confidence in Modi’s ability to lead the country out of the mess left behind by the Congress-led UPA government. 

Modi will campaign in the two states from October 4 to October 13, two days before polling. BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the party's poll campaign for Haryana and Maharashtra by addressing poll rallies from October 4 to 13. He will address a rally in Karnal in Haryana on the first day of his campaign and will also address three poll rallies in Kolhapur, Beed and Mumbai in Maharashtra.”

Barring a couple of days, Modi will be addressing rallies in Haryana during the first half of the day and will be in Maharashtra in the evenings owing to its better air connectivity. 

The party will field patriarch L K Advani, senior leaders Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari and chief ministers on different dates.

The outcome of the Assembly polls is crucial to Modi and party president Amit Shah who received a jolt due to poor electoral show during the recent by-polls in different states.

Naqvi merely stated that Advani and Joshi–the two senior leaders who have been relegated to the Margdarshak Mandal–too would tour states.