Campaigning yet to pick up at Mandawa, Khinvsar

The star campaigners of both the Congress and BJP have not addressed election meetings in Rajasthan as they are busy with rallies for Maharashtra and Haryana Vidhan Sabha elections.

Jaipur: The election campaign for the October 21 by-elections of the two Assembly seats of the state has not yet gained momentum due to the Maharashtra and Haryana Vidhan Sabha elections.

Star campaigners of the ruling Congress and BJP have kept away from the Rajasthan Assembly by-polls. Senior Central leaders of both the parties have not yet addressed the election meetings in Mandawa and Khinvasr. Now with only four days left as these two seats go for polls, in such a situation, the star campaigners of both the parties may address the election meeting in Rajasthan in the next two days.

By-elections will be held on October 21 in Khinvsar and Mandawa Assembly seats of the state and voting will be held on the same day for the Haryana and Maharashtra Assemblies. Haryana and Maharashtra Assembly elections are on a priority for both BJP and Congress and therefore both parties have not yet sent their Central leaders for campaigning at the state Assembly by-polls.

CM Ashok Gehlot and Deputy CM Sachin Pilot have also not campaigned in the by-elections yet but both had addressed nomination rally of the Congress candidates. Since then they have not held a single election meeting.

State government ministers and senior Congress leaders are camping in Khinvasr and Mandawa. While on the other hand, BJP state president Satish Poonia has campaigned in Khinvsar and Mandawa. The BJP had released a list of 40-star campaigners. These included the names of leaders like MP Sunny Deol, UP CM Yogi Adityanath and former MP CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan, but none of them have started campaigning in Rajasthan yet. Due to the busy campaigning schedule in Haryana and Maharashtra, the chances of these leaders coming to Rajasthan are also less. The national leaders of the Congress include the names of former PM Manmohan Singh, but he too has not yet come to campaign here. Incidently Singh is the Rajya Sabha MP from Rajasthan.