BJP, Congress gear up for Oct 10 civic polls

Gearing up for the elections to six municipal corporations, the Gujarat BJP has planned an elaborate poll campaign roping in its national leaders and has launched a website highlighting its achievements.

Last Updated: Oct 02, 2010, 21:03 PM IST

Ahmedabad: Gearing up for the elections to
six municipal corporations, the Gujarat BJP has planned an
elaborate poll campaign roping in its national leaders and
has launched a website highlighting its achievements.

While the Congress has decided to depend on state leaders
and traditional means of canvassing for the October 10
elections.

BJP spokesperson Jagdish Bhavsar said though Chief
Minister Narendra Modi will be the star campaigner, leaders
like Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Rajnath Singh and Navjot
Sidhu will also campaign.

"This shows that the party is taking the elections very
seriously," he said adding the leaders will start addressing
public rallies from Monday.

Similarly, Modi will address over four to five public
meetings daily, he said.

Besides, the BJP has also chalked out a cyber campaign by
launching a website highlighting work done by the party in
various municipal corporations. They also plan to contact
voters via e-mail.

The party has prepared CDs and pamphlets highlighting the
amount of work done by them.

The Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar and
Surat municipal corporations will go to polls on October 10,
they are at present ruled by BJP.

The elections are being fought in the backdrop of CBI
arresting Modi`s close aide and former junior home minister
Amit Shah.

Modi had yesterday in Surat appealed to the people to
give a reply to the Congress-ruled UPA by ballot against
the "step motherly" treatment to Gujarat.

While BJP is pulling out all stops, Congress has decided
to largely depend on its local leaders for campaigning as the
party has no plans to invite national leaders.

"Only our state leaders will campaign for the civic
polls," state Congress spokesman Manish Doshi said.

Doshi said the party would concentrate on traditional
ways of campaigning.

"We will be concentrating on the traditional ways of
campaigning like door-to-door campaign and raising local
issues," Doshi added.

PTI