Election campaigns : Ahead of Rajasthan, Telangana polls, BJP focuses on ‘minority appeasement’ of Opposition; Rahul questions Modi’s grasp on Hinduism As Rajasthan and Telangana go to polls on 7 December, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) intensified their campaigning over the weekend, each throwing a slew of allegations at their rivals, with days to go before campaigning ends and the Model Code of Conduct comes into effect in both states.
Election campaigns While addressing rallies in both states on Saturday and Sunday, BJP leaders, including Amit Shah, Yogi Adityanath and Shivraj Singh Chouhan, alleged that the Congress and TRS were indulging in minority appeasement, whereas the Congress accused the BJP and TRS of not delivering on their promises. In Rajasthan on Saturday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi stirred a controversy by questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s knowledge of Hinduism.
TRS released it’s a manifesto on Sunday, promising to extend the retirement age of government servants by three years to 61 and unemployment allowance to youth. Election campaigns Caretaker chief minister and TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao — also known as KCR — has been on a vigorous campaign trail in the past few days seeking a second term for the party. He has been unsparing in his attack on Modi, Rahul and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Rao called Modi a liar and Rahul a joker at a campaign in Yellandu.
In a scathing attack on Sunday, KCR accused Naidu of distorting facts over Hyderabad’s development and said he needed a “mental check-up”. Election campaigns While Rao in his campaign meetings had been accusing Naidu of having claimed to have built Hyderabad, the latter has clarified that he only said he had put the Telangana capital on the world map and that Cyberabad was his brainchild. The TRS is contesting alone in the 7 December assembly elections while the TDP is part of the Congress-led People’s Front. Seeking votes for TRS, he said in a matured democracy it was the people who should win, not political parties or leaders.
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