New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to launch his campaign blitzkrieg in the two poll-bound states — Maharashtra and Haryana — from October 4.
Both the states have very high stakes for the BJP, as it has never formed a government on its own. Under Modi’s leadership the BJP has been emboldened enough to give up its 25 year old alliance with the Shiv Sena. The party expects that powered by a high visibility campaign in these two states, it could gain handsome victories and come up with repeat performance of the Lok Sabha polls when it won 42 out of the 48 seats in alliance with Shiv Sena. Now even with the alliance gone, the party hopes that the Modi magic would get it a majority of the seats in both the states.
However as party spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi gave this information to the media, there was no indication of the number of public meetings the prime minister would be addressing in these two states. Maharashtra has 288 seats and It is expected that Modi would be addressing up to half a dozen meetings in each of the regions — Vidarbha, Marathwada, Mumbai, and Western Maharashtra, and northern Maharashtra.
But the BJP is not harnessing Modi alone, and would also be deploying other senior leaders in the electoral arena.
There are indications that the Congress president Sonia Gandhi too would begin her Haryana campaign from October 4 with a public meeting each in Meham and Sirsa.
The BJP has to wrest these states that have been under Congress rule for 10-15 years, as a proof of the power of Modi wave. On the other hand, the Congress, which had a dismal show in both these states, has to show that it has the resilience to recover from the May 2014 shock defeat.