As 11th of April, the first date for first phase of polling approaches, campaigning by political parties has reached a crescendo. On Thursday, BJP chief Amit Shah addressed rallies in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and trained his guns on the opposition. He recounted the many achievements of the Modi government and slammed the governments of both Andhra and Telangana for corruption.
While Shah handled the campaign in the South, Rajnath Singh did so in western Uttarpradesh. He too spoke of the Modi government’s successes in the past 5 years and how under PM Modi’s leadership the NDA had successfully delivered on the promise of a corruption free government. Meanwhile, UP CM Yogi Adityanath addressed a rally in Uttarakhand.
In some good tidings for the NDA before the general elections, the Nishad party which has a significant presence in Eastern UP has joined the alliance. The party’s head Sanjay Nishad announced his party’s decision to contest the polls as part of the NDA with his son Pravin Nishad, sitting MP from Gorakhpur as the most likely candidate.
Meanwhile in Telangana, leading political figure Anand Bhaskar Rao joined the BJP. Bhaskar Rao had formerly served as a Rajya Sabha MP from 2012-2018 as a Congress leader.
In Rajasthan, Rashtriya Loktantrik party has entered into an alliance with BJP. The party is likely to get the Nagaur and Barmer seats.
The day also saw a representative group of the BJP meet the EC over TMC’s involvement in poll violence and also requested for transfer of certain officials.
All in all as the high stakes polls draw closer, political temperatures are touching fever pitch as parties vie with to woo voters and defeat their rivals.