DAINIK NATION BUREAU
On the last day of campaigning for urban local body election, which is slated to happen on November 18, leaders were running every nook and corner to woo the voters. Since early morning leaders and supporters were seen roaming into the street and appealing to the voters.
Campaign vehicles of parties, loaded with posters, banners and their symbols are driving through the streets of the state to drum up support for candidates.
Slogans penetrate the air every time a poll vehicle speeds through a sleepy neighbourhood in the town. Candidates are also conducting door-to-door campaigns to connect with people in different pockets.
While Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and state BJP president Ajay Bhatt are currently spearheading the party’s poll campaign. Even to woo the poorvanchal’s voters BJP called the state BJP president Delhi, Manoj Tiwari.
The Chief Minister has already campaigned for the party’s mayoral candidates in Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Kotdwar, besides holding back-to-back poll meetings in Chamoli and Uttarkashi districts.
Wherever the Chief Minister goes he seeks votes for the party nominees in the name of development and the state government’s policy of zero tolerance towards corruption.
He highlights fast-tracking of infrastructure development projects both in the road and railways sectors by his government, besides the crackdown on corruption which has sent over 50 persons behind bars ever since the BJP took over last year.
Former Chief Minister and Nainital MP Bhagat Singh Koshiyari Tuesday issued an appeal asking people to vote for the BJP if they wanted the benefits of welfare schemes to reach the common man.
Apologising for his inability to come to them personally due to health reasons, Koshiyari said he was confident that the people of the state would vote overwhelmingly in favour of the BJP as they did in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll and the state Assembly elections last year.
Seeking a mandate for the first time after coming to power in Uttarakhand with a massive win in the Assembly elections last year, it is going to be a high-stakes battle for the BJP which faces the challenge of matching its own performance in these elections. The BJP had won 57 out of a total of 70 Assembly seats in the state in March last year.
The upcoming civic body poll are no less significant for the Congress either, as the outcome will be a pointer to what might happen to the party in the 2019 Lok Sabha poll.
AICC general secretary and former state Chief Minister Harish Rawat started campaigning for the party’s candidates in Dehradun.
While campaigning for the Congress’s mayoral candidate for Dehradun, Dinesh Aggarwal, here, Rawat claimed people had seen how the BJP had failed to deliver despite enjoying a majority in the Dehradun Municipal Corporation for 10 years. — PTI