Sonia, Modi in Maharashtra Tomorrow

Published: 19th April 2014 09:01 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th April 2014 09:01 PM   |  A+A-


UPA chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi will be addressing three rallies in the state tomorrow, where the third and the last phase of polling will be held on April 24.      

Gandhi will address a rally in support of veteran Congressman Manikrao Gavit who is seeking a record tenth term from tribal-dominated Nandurbar. She will also campaign for Amrish Patel in Dhule, before addressing a rally at Bandra-Kurla Complex here late afternoon.      

Congress's sitting MPs Milind Deora, Priya Dutt, Gurudas Kamat and Sanjay Nirupam are contesting in Mumbai.          

BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will address a rally in Jalgaon in north Maharashtra tomorrow.           

On Monday, he will address a rally in the neighbouring Kalyan and later at Bandra-Kurla Complex here where he will share the dais with Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray for the first time during the ongoing campaigning. Meanwhile, Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar claimed that Modi's rally in the city would be bigger than that of the Congress president.    

"People of all communities and classes would be there. Even chai-wallahs would attend it," he said.            

Apart from Thackeray, other leaders of the opposition alliance 'Mahayuti', namely Ramdas Atahvale, Raju Shetti and Mahadev Jankar, will also be present, he said.            

However, senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari will not be present at the Mumbai rally, Shelar said, as he had to attend a meeting in Jalgaon.  

"After Nagpur election, he was unwell," Shelar said, when asked why the former BJP president stayed away from campaigning in the state.            

Gadkari, who made his electoral debut in Nagpur against Congress veteran Vilas Muttemwar, has not campaigned in the state after the first phase polling on April 10.          

Modi, who addressed rallies elsewhere in Vidarbha and also in Marathwada, did not campaign in Nagpur.     

But state BJP sources contended that Modi also did not campaign in Beed, where Gadkari's rival within the state unit, Gopinath Munde, is standing.


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