Modi to Kick-off Poll Campaign on Nov 22

SRINAGAR:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to launch his election campaign in Jammu and Kashmir from Kishtwar on November 22.

His party, the BJP, is relying heavily on the personal charisma of the Prime Minister and has set a target of 44+ seats in the state.

After Kishtwar rally, Modi is likely to address another rally in Udhampur on November 28.

Modi has reportedly planned to address over half a dozen rallies in the state in order to ensure that his party gets the first chance in its history  to rule the northern state bordering Pakistan.

“The party’s slogans will be ‘Ab badale Jammu and Kashmir ki haalat’ and ‘Chalo Chale Modi ji ke saath’,” Shrikant Sharma, national secretary of the BJP, told a newspaper.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh will also visit Jammu and Kashmirfor two days beginning tomorrow to hold a series of BJP election rallies in places like Kishtwar, Doda and Ladakh. 

Singh will visit Kishtwar and Doda tomorrow and campaign for BJP candidates in the region, official sources said. 

The Home Minister will also visit Ladakh on Thursday and campaigned for the BJP candidates in the region. 

Elections to 87 assembly seats of the state will be held from November 25-December 20. The counting will take place on December 23.

BJP goes full throttle to woo voters in Chenab Valley

BJP is making inroads in Congress's bastion of Chenab Valley with its star campaigners, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, set to take out mega rallies in the region to boost party's poll prospects in the first phase of the polls.

Chenab Valley, which comprises of Kishtwar, Doda, and Ramban districts, had given Congress five out of six Assembly seats in 2008 state elections and is home turf of the Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Gulam Nabi Azad.

BJP is set to hold five mega rallies of its star campaigners - Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Raj Nath Singh and Party President Amit Shah - from November 19 to 22.

"We are going ahead full throttle to woo voters in Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban district. Our top star campaigners, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are addressing five rallies in these areas," Chairman of BJP's Media War Room Arun Gupta said.

BJP is working over-time to reach out to the voters in Chenab Valley and banking on "Modi magic".

Modi, who will campaign for party candidates from Chenab Valley, is scheduled to address a public rally at Kishtwar town on November 22, a day before the electioneering for the first phase ends.

"BJP candidates bank on him immensely and party workers expressed happiness as Modi is campaigning in J&K. Crowd -puller Modi is known for wooing voters.

"Modi is a winner of hearts. He is synonymous with development. His visit to state and campaigning for BJP holds great meaning for us," Gupta said.

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