New Delhi, January 27
Election campaign gained momentum in five poll bound states. Samajwadi Party chief and Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav took a lead targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his campaign, while JD (U) (Janata Dal (United) is not contesting the elections. Congress and BJP have big plans for poll campaigning with Congress going into the public with ‘Swabhiman Yatra’.
Akhilesh made the Centre his target for Election campaign. He took a jibe at Modi asking him ‘Where are the achche din?’ He was confident of winning full majority along with Congress.
Nitish Kumar-led JD (U) has decided not to contest the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls so as to “consolidate and strengthen secular forces” and ensure that “communal forces” are defeated. The leaders said the decision to pull out of the UP assembly polls was taken at the party’s core committee meeting.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar during his Manipur election tour, fired on Congress and charged Congress as responsible for Manipur’s financially poor status. He also alleged that Congress it trying to gain votes by creating differences among the public during election time.
Congress leaders Nemcha Kipgen and Wung Jagin Walte joined BJP and Trinamool Congress leader Kim Gangte also joined BJP.
BJP finalized the campaigners’ list in Uttarakhand. As many as 40 leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah, Central ministers Arun Jaitley, Manohar Parrikar and Smriti Irani are on the list.
Congress decided to visit each and every house in Uttarakhand in the name of Swabhiman Yatra. Chief Minister Harish Rawat said that the schedule was designed so as to tour all the 70 constituencies in the State.
Meanwhile, officials increased vigilance in Punjab in the wake of assembly elections. Police recovered slips prepared to distribute liquor to voters in Bhattian and Mand Jaroudi of Samla constituency. They are trying to gather information about the parties which prepared these slips.