JALANDHAR: Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi will campaign for the BJP in the assembly polls as part of the party’s efforts to rejuvenate its campaign. The party hopes to consolidate Hindu votes by bringing in Modi.
Apart from Modi, who is known as face for his initiatives for development in Punjab, another Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is also expected to join the poll campaign, party sources said.
Modi will visit the state after January 21 and is expected to address political rallies in Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana among other towns.
Sources in the party believe that Modi’s tour would boost its slightly flagging fortunes and help consolidate its Hindu vote bank.
Analysts say the BJP may be on a weaker ground this time, with few expecting to repeat its 2007 performance when it won 19 of the 23 seats contested.
Modi, who has virtually replaced veteram LK Advani as the Hindutva mascot of the party, is considered the safest bet to consolidate and expand the party’s Hindu vote share by party high command, sources said.
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh too has heaped praises on Modi.