On the last day of campaigning for Rajasthan assembly elections, Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party will address massive rallies throughout the state.
The western state is slated to hold assembly polls on 1 December. BJP prime ministerial candidate tweeted on Friday, "Going to Rajasthan. Will join public meetings in Sumerpur, Pokhran and Jodhpur."
Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Vijay Bahuguna and Sachin Pilot will address public gatherings in the state. Sachin Pilot, in an interview with Mint, denied that anti-incumbency factor will play a role in Rajasthan elections.
His party will be fighting for a second consecutive term under the leadership of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. If successful, Congress will break a 20-year trend, which saw no political party winning back-to-back assembly polls since 1993.
On the other hand, BJP is banking entirely on the Modi factor to win these polls. Modi had said in a recent rally that development in Rajasthan has declined under the Ashok Gehlot government.
He criticised the Congress-led Government for ignoring the tourism sector, which garners huge revenue into the state. "Due to the poor policies of the Gehlot Government, the number of tourists visiting the state is decreasing day by day. It is an issue of serious concern," he said.
"People must reply to the Congress by not voting for them in the coming assembly election."
Ashok Gehlot replaced BJP leader Vasundhara Raje as chief minister in 2008. A recent opinion poll by India Today said Raje will make a strong comeback, with her party expected to win 105 seats.