Punjab poll campaign ends: Rahul Gandhi reaches out to rural voters
The key issues during the campaigning were drugs, river water issue including SYL canal, cancer in parts of the state, law and order, sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib, farm debt, farmer suicides, and development.
As Punjab is going to witness assembly elections on February 4, the last day of campaigning was eventful and the prominent parties in the state have reached out to the maximum voters.
The battle for power is mainly between Aam Aadmi Party, Congress and SAD-BJP alliance. The results of the polls for 117 assembly seats will be declared on March 11 along with Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand.
The key issues during the campaign were drugs, river water issue including SYL canal, cancer in parts of the state, law and order, sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib, farm debt, farmer suicides, and development.
On the last day of campaigning, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has spent his time to interact with rural voters in Sangrur district in Punjab and shared a traditional meal with villagers. While addressing a public rally, Rahul has launched an attack on Aam Aadmi Party and ruling Akalidal-BJP alliance.
Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh has also focused on AAP and SAD-BJP alliance. In a rally at Purani Dana Mandi, he said the “extreme left-right ideological mix” of AAP and the “dirty politics” being played by the Delhi chief minister would lead to the dormant Khalistani elements once again becoming active.
Amarinder blasted at the Badal-led SAD-BJP government, saying there had been an all-round decline under their rule and Punjab became pathetic.
From AAP camp, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia led the campaign.
On the last day, Sisodia concentrated on the Patiala region and Kejriwal addressed an election rally in Ludhiana.
On the other hand, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, though he was taken ill, had campaigned for the SAD-BJP candidates. Ignoring the advice of the doctors, 89-year-old Badal campaigned at Samrala, Sardulgarh and Sunam.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and a number of central ministers and senior leaders from BJP were in Punjab during the last week to campaign for SAD-BJP alliance.