Staff Correspondent

Main competitors hold indoor meetings with well-wishers

Party activists take out padayatra in the twin cities

‘BJP Government has resorted to load-shedding’

HUBLI: With public campaigning ending on Tuesday, it was a day of hectic door-to-door campaign by candidates of various political parties and their followers in Dharwad Lok Sabha Constituency on Wednesday.

The main competitors in the constituency Pralhad Joshi of the BJP and Manjunath Kunnur of the Congress held several indoor meetings with their well-wishers and supporters. They were also seen addressing small gatherings at the houses of well-wishers.

Meanwhile, their followers carried out extensive door-to-door campaigning in a last-minute effort to woo voters. They were seen knocking on the doors of voters especially in residential areas where the election campaign hadn’t been taken up extensively by them.

In many localities of the twin cities and the surrounding villages, the activists of both the BJP and the Congress apart from other parties were seen taking out padayatra for the purpose.

In fact, Congress leaders held two press conferences in Dharwad on Thursday.

While one was by Congress leaders of various communities to express their united support to Mr. Kunnur, the other was by former MP S.B. Sidnal.

Mr. Sidnal accused the BJP Government of resorting to load-shedding in areas where the first phase of polling (in the State) had been completed.

“Here too load-shedding will begin after polling,” he said.

He said the BJP was making allegations against the Congress and its candidates for the sake of opposition.

The Congress had the support of people of all communities and it was the BJP which had indulged in caste politics, he said.

Meanwhile, in a press release, the BJP has condemned the incident in which a slipper was aimed at the Chief Minister in Hassan on Tuesday.

BJP spokesperson C.T. Ravi has said that the incident was an indication of the desperation of the Janata Dal(S) and it was high time that the voters taught a lesson to the Janata Dal(S) chief H.D. Deve Gowda and his family.