Guwahati, March 13: From Bollywood stars to party stalwarts, the BJP is planning a star-studded campaign for next month’s Assembly elections in Assam.
Shatrughan Sinha, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Hema Malini, Smriti Irani, Kiron Kher, Narendra Modi, L.K. Advani and Nitin Gadkari will be among 40-odd star campaigners of the party to woo voters.
The BJP yesterday launched its campaign for the first phase of polls on April 4. Party sources today said campaign would be intensified from March 21 to give a tough fight to the ruling Congress.
“Our campaigns this election will be very colourful; more than 40 star campaigners will visit different parts of the state and we are chalking out a detailed plan of the campaigns,” a state BJP leader, who is looking after the campaigns, said today.
“Our national general secretary Varun Gandhi will closely monitor the campaigns to make sure that our candidates in all the constituencies get senior leaders and star campaigners to pitch in for them. The star campaigners will visit constituencies in both Brahmaputra and Barak valleys during the campaigns,” the leader said.
The BJP will contest in all the 126 constituencies and the party has already announced the names of 116 candidates. Sources here said the party is likely to announce the names of candidates for the remaining 10 seats tomorrow.
In order to get votes of the minority community senior leaders Shahnawaz Hussain and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will also pitch in for candidates in constituencies with maximum minority votes.
The BJP, fighting the election without any alliance, is planning to bring six chief ministers of states ruled by the party and its allies to campaign here. Sources said the chief ministers of Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand are likely to visit the state to campaign against the ruling Congress government.
“The six states ruled by the BJP and its allies have proved how the BJP has worked for development and during campaign we are trying to bring the chief ministers of the six states and tell the voters here what real development is. Massive corruption has taken place during the last two tenures of the Tarun Gogoi government,” the BJP leader said. The BJP leader said corruption during Congress rule would be their main poll plank.