Rahul spent 9 more days cam­paign­ing than Modi

Congress leader led 67 ral­lies, against the PM’s 31

The Hindu Business Line - - POLITICS - AJ VINAYAK PTI PTI

While re­gional lead­ers, pri­mar­ily the re­spec­tive Chief Min­is­ters and the main op­po­nents, spear­headed the cam­paign in most places in the five States that went to the polls, Prime Minister Naren­dra Modi and Congress Pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi have been on nu­mer­ous ral­lies to woo the vot­ing pub­lic.

An ef­fort has been made here to see how Modi and Rahul steered the elec­tion­eer­ing process through their pub­lic ral­lies and other for­mats from Oc­to­ber 6, when the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion an­nounced the poll sched­ule for the five States, to De­cem­ber 5, when cam­paign­ing came to an end.

In the course of the 61-day cam­paign­ing process, Modi held ral­lies and ad­dressed party work­ers over video-con­fer­ence on 18 days. Com­par­a­tively, Rahul ear­marked 27 days for ral­lies, road shows and other in­ter­ac­tions with the pub­lic.

On Oc­to­ber 6, Modi ad­dressed a rally, Vi­jay Sankalp Sabha, at Ajmer. Sub­se­quently, he ad­dressed 30 ral­lies across the five States over Novem­ber-De­cem­ber.

It ap­pears that the BJP re­quired Modi’s pres­ence the most in Ra­jasthan. He ad­dressed pub­lic ral­lies in 13 places there, against 11 in Mad­hya Pradesh, three each in Ch­hat­tis­garh and Te­lan­gana, and one in Mi­zo­ram.

In Oc­to­ber, he also ad­dressed the BJP work­ers of 11 par­lia­men­tary con­stituen­cies in Ra­jasthan, Mad­hya Pradesh and Ch­hat­tis­garh — among other States — through video-con­fer­enc­ing.

Rahul con­ducted 67 ral­lies and road shows dur­ing the pe­riod. This in­cluded in­ter­ac­tions with the busi­ness com­mu­nity and pro­fes­sion­als in In­dore, and meet­ings with the man­age­ment and teach­ers of gov­ern­ment-recog­nised in­sti­tu­tions at Shamshabad in Te­lan­gana.

While Modi fo­cussed on Ra­jasthan, Rahul did on Mad­hya Pradesh, where he con­ducted 23 ral­lies and road shows. In fact, on Oc­to­ber 6 it­self, he ad­dressed vot­ers at Morena and Ja­balpur in the State.

Rahul also con­ducted 14 ral­lies and road shows each in Ra­jasthan, Te­lan­gana and Ch­hat­tis­garh, and two ral­lies in Mi­zo­ram.

Rare pres­ence

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, who was a rare pres­ence dur­ing the cam­paign­ing, ad­dressed a lone pub­lic rally at Med­chal, Te­lan­gana, along with Rahul.

The re­sult day, De­cem­ber 11, will re­veal how ef­fec­tive the cam­paigns have been. BJP MP Ban­daru Dat­ta­treya in Hyderabad Ra­jasthan Chief Minister Va­sund­hara Raje at her Jhal­ra­p­atan con­stituency in Jha­lawar Ac­tor and Congress leader Vi­jayashan­thi and Khairatabad Congress can­di­date Sra­van Da­soju af­ter cast­ing their votes Hyderabad

KVS GIRI

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