As the battle for the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly elections reaches its crescendo, political heavyweights are leaving no stone unturned in a final push for votes. With just two days remaining in the election campaign and four days until voting, the state has become a battleground for key leaders.
Modi's Grand Road Show Shakes Jaipur
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP's star campaigner, took center stage with a grand four-kilometer-long road show in Jaipur. The event, under tight security with four thousand soldiers, weaved through the heart of the Pink City, drawing crowds and enthusiasm. Modi's road show, unprecedented in Parkote, aimed to consolidate support in areas affected by the Jaipur blast and those with a significant Muslim population.
The spectacle, starting from the Hanuman Temple near Sanganeri Gate, showcased the vibrancy of Indian culture along the route, resonating with slogans of "Jaishree Ram." The BJP strategically targeted weak areas, making this historic road show a defining moment in the electoral landscape.
Congress Unveils Manifesto Amidst Star Campaigning
On the other side, the Congress camp, led by National President Mallikarjun Kharge and Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, released its much-anticipated public manifesto in Jaipur. A key promise in the manifesto is the commitment to raise the limit of free treatment under the Chief Minister Health Chiranjeevi Scheme from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 50 lakh.
The manifesto also pledges four lakh government jobs, a caste census, and a new law to implement the old pension scheme for government employees. Additionally, it promises affordable gas cylinders for families covered under National Food Security.
Chairman of the Public Manifesto Committee, Dr. CP Joshi, outlined the details, emphasizing the strengthening of existing schemes, seven guarantees, and the inclusion of Vision-2030 goals. The manifesto underscores the expansion of the Chief Minister Chiranjeevi Scheme, job creation, and measures for women's safety and rural development.
Rahul Gandhi and Modi Exchange Verbal Volleys
In parallel, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi embarked on a campaign trail, addressing substantial public gatherings across Udaipur, Jalore, and Barmer. Gandhi took a swipe at Prime Minister Modi, humorously linking India's cricket defeat to distractions caused by the leader. He also advocated for a caste census, dubbing it as an "X-ray of the country."
Responding to accusations from Modi, Gandhi clarified that he never insulted Modi's father and accused Modi of spreading falsehoods to gain public sympathy. The electoral arena witnessed a war of words between the two prominent leaders.
Modi, Shah and Nadda Rally Against Gehlot's Government
Prime Minister Modi, along with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP National President JP Nadda, intensified their attack on the Gehlot government during rallies. Modi accused the government of facilitating rioters and neglecting promises such as loan waivers for farmers. Former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje also made her presence felt in Modi's meeting.
Meanwhile, Amit Shah and JP Nadda alleged rampant paper leaks in exams under the Gehlot regime, claiming a betrayal of the youth's future. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath echoed these sentiments in Vagad and Mewar regions. Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal, along with leaders from various parties, actively sought votes for their candidates.
As the political battlefield heats up, the people of Rajasthan face a crucial decision: whether to prioritize Congress's popular schemes or put their trust in the assurances presented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his extensive visits to the state. The outcome of this electoral clash will shape th e future direction of Rajasthan's legislative assembly.