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Modi missing from campaign for Gujarat by-polls

Last Updated: Monday, September 7, 2009 - 21:25

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi, who was BJP`s star campaigner in the last Lok Sabha
polls, is conspicuously missing from the election campaign in
seven Assembly seats where by-polls are scheduled on September

Campaigning for the by-polls will be over by tomorrow
evening, but so far Modi has not addressed any public meeting
or visited any of the seven segments.

"CM has decided not to campaign in the by-polls as local
leaders are managing the election affairs," a close aide of
Modi said.

"BJP has deputed ministers, party MPs, MLAs and other
leaders to campaign in the by-polls for the seven Assembly
segments," state BJP president Purushottam Rupala said, adding
that Modi had held a meeting with the local leaders of the
respective constituencies.

Interestingly, six of the seven Assembly segments going
to the by-polls were held by the Congress, while one seat was
with the BJP.

The seven segments are Kodinar, Jasdan, Dhoraji and
Chotila in Saurashtra and Dehgam, Sami and Danta in North

The saffron party, which has seen drubbing in the
Junagadh Municipal elections and unfavourable results in the
last Lok Sabha polls in the state, has so far not made any
claim regarding the seats it would win.

"We will not get into number games but I can say that we
will win more seats than one which was held by us," a senior
BJP leader said.

Meanwhile, the Congress has contended that since
situation is not favourable for the ruling party, Modi is not
campaigning in the by-polls.

"Modi knows it very well that party`s prospects are not
bright in these by-polls therefore he is avoiding direct
involvement in the campaigning," leader of opposition
Shaktisinh Gohil alleged.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, September 7, 2009 - 21:25
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