Hectic campaigning going on in poll bound states of West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Union Territory of Puducherry.
In Tamil Nadu, senior BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the opposition Congress and the DMK for posing as defenders of Tamil culture. Campaigning at a public meeting for the NDA alliance parties at Madurai, Mr.Modi said there were several issues like Jallikattu and reclassifying of Devendra Kula Velallar and in such issues both DMK and Congress did nothing and even had opposed them. He listed out the achievements of both the AIADMK at the state and the BJP government at the Centre. Mr. Modi will also be campaigning at Kanyakumari for the Lok abha bye poll at and also for six assembly constituencies in the district.
Meanwhile DMK Leader M.K. Stalin while electioneering at Aravakuruchi said that neither he nor his party workers are scared of the IT raids . He criticised the BJP Government for trying to gag the opposition parties out of political vendetta.
Senior BJP leader and Home Minister Amit Shah is in Chennai city as part of electioneering. State Congress President K.S. Alagiri also criticised the BJP for trying to malign opposition parties by conducting IT raids.
AIR correspondent reports that the Income tax department conducted raids in the residences of several DMK members including the residences of the daughter of M.K.Stalin at Chennai this morning. Paramilitary personnel could be seen outside the residence as IT officials were conducting raids. Houses and office establishments of party Candidate Mohan, Karur Candidate Senthil Balaji and some others were also raided in the State.
Police officials had to converse peacefully to disperse them. Party workers gathered in front of the houses where raids were conducted. Cases were booked against some AIADMK party workers on money distribution . The unaccounted money kept for distribution was seized by the authorities.
In Kerala, as the public campaign ends on coming Sunday, all the three major fronts are campaigning intensively with active participation of National leaders and star campaigners.
AIR correspondent reports that Senior BJP leader, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is reaching Kerala this afternoon for campaigning for NDA in the State. He will address a rally in Konni, Pathanamthitta district. Security has been beefed up in the area ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit.. Both the districts are expected to have a tough triangular contest as LDF, UDF and NDA is fielding their strong candidates. Union Minister Amit Shah will join the last leg of NDA campaign tomorrow. Later, Mr. Modi will proceed to Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu for electioneering.
Meanwhile Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi will also reach the State tomorrow to boost the final campaign of UDF.The senior CPM leaders Prakash karat, Brinda Karat is already camping in the State garnering votes for LDF.As just 4 days are left for polling, heated political debates are ongoing in the State on issues such as development, employment, Sabarimala, corruption etc. Meanwhile, the postal voting for officials having polling duty is continuing.
Election campaigning for the third and fourth phases in West Bengal is to reach its peak today as senior leaders of the BJP and the Trinamool Congress will be locking horns in the same districts of North Bengal.
Senior BJP leader Home Minister Amit Shah has said that it was evident from yesterday that TMC leader Mamata Banerjee is losing at Nandigram. Addressing a public meeting at Sitalkuchi in Coochbehar today, Mr Shah said that on 2nd May Didi will be ousted from power.
Accusing Mamata Banerjee of doing injustice to North Bengal, he claimed that now she will be looking for another seat for contesting in the election. Mr Shah also claimed that if voted to power, BJP will take up lots of development work including building an AIIMS at Coochbehar.
On the other hand, addressing a rally in the same district at Dinhata constituency, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee refuted the claim of Mr Shah and said that she will be winning from Nandigram. The TMC leader has also accused the BJP of doing divisive politics. She criticized the central government for privatizing PSUs and asked the people of Coochbehar to vote for her party in order to ensure development and secularism in the state.
In Assam, election campaigning has reached its peak for the third phase of polls to be held on 6th of this month. The third and final phase will cover 40 seats. BJP’s star campaigner and National President J P Nadda addressed a rally at Patacharkuchi for state BJP President Ranjeet Kumar Dass.
Mr. Nadda alleged that the Congress is a communal force. The party is contesting elections in Assam with Badruddin Ajmal’s AIUDF. Mr. Nadda termed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as a political tourist. He further said that the party would give employment to 1 lakh youths by March next year if voted to power again.
Other leaders including Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, NEDA Convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma, BPF Chief Hagrama Mahilary, State Congress President Ripun Bora and AIUDF President Badruddin Ajmal are also holding rallies and road shows.