Ahmedabad: The campaigning for the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections 2012 ended on Tuesday with Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi hitting out at each other. While the past few days saw Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi raising the war cry for the Congress in the state, the last day of the campaigning saw the Congress General Secretary setting foot on the battleground to punch holes in Modi's claims of development.
Rahul, while addressing three rallies, attacked Modi claiming that the 'aam aadmi' was not heard under his government. "The Gujarat CM only listens to himself. He has his dreams and thinks only about them," he said, while praising the Right To Information Act, which was introduced by the ruling UPA. "The RTI brought out the hidden faces. Whoever hid, came out. The ones who were hidden in Gujarat too came out," claimed Rahul.
Modi, on the other hand, campaigned aggressively, attempting to turn the battle into a personality clash, which the Congress, attempting to play it safe, carefully avoided. The Congress strategy was to avoid giving Modi an emotive issue. The party, taking lessons from the 2007 election debacle, did not give Modi any chance.
The first phase of the electoral battle will take place on December 13 in 87 seats across 15 districts belonging to Saurashtra, South Gujarat and four tehsils of western Ahmedabad. The total candidates in fray are 846 including 46 women. While
06:03 PM, Dec 11, 2012