Ahmedabad: After the municipal
corporation polls, the focus of political parties in Gujarat
has now shifted to elections of panchayats and municipalities
scheduled for October 21.
Elections of 25 district panchayats, 208 block
panchayats and 53 municipalities of the state will be held on
October 21 on completion of their five year-term.
Upbeat by the victory in the six municipal corporation
elections, BJP chief minister Narendra Modi and other leaders
of the state are campaigning hard in rural areas now.
The Congress, keeping aside the defeat in the
municipal polls, has also geared up and party leaders are
campaigning in rural areas.
"The election to the municipal corporations are
different from elections of district and taluka panchayats as
this will be held in rural areas and are not communally
polarised as cities of Gujarat," Congress spokesman Manish
The Congress has called its union ministers Subodhkant
Sahay, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot to campaign,
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Modi has been holding three
to four rallies everyday in the rural areas.
"CBI, falsehood and Soharabuddin are the three factors
responsible for the Congress`s defeat in the municipal
corporation polls," Modi said while addressing a rally in
Morbi town of Rajkot today.
While addressing rallies in Vadhwan, Morbi and
Jamkhambhalia in Saurashtra, Modi targeted Congress by saying
that, "The UPA government at the Centre is doing injustice to
the state and people should give reply through ballot paper".
Congress had won six of the 25 district panchayats,
20 out of 208 block pancyayats and six out of 53
municipalities in the last election.
In the municipal corporation elections recently, the
BJP won five seats (Ahmedabad, Surat Rajkot, Vadodara and
Bhavnagar) with two-third majority and one (Jamnagar) with a