Times of India | 1 month ago | 01-12-2022 | 09:09 am
As the implacable hostilities of campaigning for the first phase of Gujarat election ended on Tuesday, the analysis of star campaigners indicated the BJP and the AAP relied on their most known faces — PM Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal. PM Modi helmed 23 rallies and roadshows, and Kejriwal 19. Congress MP Rahul Gandhi participated in two events in Rajkot and Mahuva near Surat on November 21. In the entire 2017 campaign, the PM had addressed 34 rallies. When he starts campaigning for the second phase, his tally will reach 30. By the end of the campaign it may breach the 2017 mark. Gandhi had almost matched the PM with 30 rallies in the last campaign. “The BJP has focused on the areas where the Congress had won in 2017,” said a political observer. “Valsad, from where the PM’s campaign started, has one of threeseats with the Congress. In Gir Somnath, his next stop, the Congress had won four seats. ” The AAP gained 27 seats in the Surat Municipal Corporation last year. Therefore, the party has concentrated on the Diamond City. Kejriwal devoted November 22, 27, and 28 to Surat and the nearby constituencies. He also travelled to Bhavnagar and Amreli in Saurashtra from where many diamond workers have settled in Surat. The PM has relied on his connection with Gujarat, urging people to help Bhupendra (Patel), the BJP’s CM candidate, break the electoral records of Narendra. Kejriwal has attacked the BJP directly and has promised the implementation of free electricity, better education, and healthcare. Both Gandhi and Kejriwal invoked the Morbi bridge tragedy. Gandhi in his two speeches focused on tribal issues and identified Gujarat and Mahatma Gandhi as the inspiration for his Bharat Jodo Yatra.