Ganghinagar : As Narendra Modi, BJPs prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections, criss-crosses the national countryside pursuing a mandate for his party, both the Congress and the Aam Admi Party are getting ready to storm his bastion, Gujarat.
While AAP leader and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will begin a four-day barnstorming tour of Gujarat from Wednesday, AICC
Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is to address a public meeting at Balasinor on Tuesday.
Kejriwal will arrive at Ahmedabad airport in the morning and after a meeting with state party leaders embark on a road journey through north Gujarat, ”taking in” examples of development in Modi’s Gujarat, as AAP’s Gujarat unit president Sukhdev Patel put it, before reaching Kutch to camp for the night.
The AAP leader will halt at Baucharjji, the area where Maruti is slated to put up a plant and farmers have mounted a movement against takeover of their land.
While in Kutch, Kejriwal is also expected to see things for himself and talk to Punjab farmers who are at the receiving end after the government moved in to take over the barren agricultural lands allotted to them after the 1965 war and which they had greened into the most fertile areas now.
He will also be shown the areas where Narmada water has been diverted from agriculture to industrial use and gross violations have taken place in an SEZ being put up by Adanis.
On Saturday, Kejriwal returns to Ahmedabad to address a rally in Bapunagar area. Rahul’s public meeting at Balasinor town in Central Gujarat on March 11 will also mark the end of a week-long party ”padyatra” in 26 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state. This is Rahul’s second visit to Modi’s home state in two months. Last month he had addressed a big rally in tribal dominated Bardoli town in South Gujarat. Congress sources say that both Rahul and Mrs Sonia Gandhi are slated to address many rallies in the state over the next two months. According to Gujarat Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi, state Congress leaders would address nearly 1000 public meetings across the 26 Lok Sabha seats. Besides, the party is eying 2600 group meetings during the week — 100 meetings in each constituency.