As Haryana votes on Monday, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is ahead of its rivals in the perception battle, though the Congress and the newly floated Jannayak Janta Party ( JJP) are not out of the reckoning after a highpitched campaign.
While the BJP’s campaign, focused on national security and nationalism, saw a galaxy of leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the campaign trail, the Congress’s senior central leadership largely kept away.
Former party president Rahul Gandhi addressed two rallies, but other prominent faces were missing.
Focus on economy
However, former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Congress State president Kumari Selja galvanised the party campaign, cornering the BJP on promises not kept, farmers’ distress, unemployment, economic slowdown and deteriorating law and order.
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October 21, 2019