DNA ANALYSIS: War of words gets louder in Bikaner
Bikaner East is resounding with two types of slogans; one that urge the public to vote for BJP candidate and erstwhile royal Siddhi ‘baisa’ and help her strike an electoral hat trick; the other slogans are for Congress candidate Kanhaiya Lal Jhanwar who had been contesting as independent from Nokha and has been inducted into the party and given a ticket.
Congress had ample drama on the seat during ticket distribution and leader of opposition Rameshwar Dudi threatened to step out of poll race if Jhanwar was not given a ticket. While Jhanwar ulitimately got the ticket, the drama served to show the discord within Congress. Siddhi’s campaign projects her as the daughter of the city who has been serving them for a decade and she greets the men, accepts the tilak and blessings of the women, chats affectionately to the girls at the same time accepting every garland and prasad offered to her - an obvious effort to be seen as the people’s princess. Jhanwar claims to be an expert at election strategy and rubbishes all claims of being an outsider. Citing his four decade old association to Congress - he describes his ticket as a homecoming.
On the surface all talk is about development - Siddhi elaborates on schemes implemented and works done by BJP government, she tells about the ongoing works and future plans - she promises even more if voted again to power. Congress bases its campaign on bringing about holistic development to Bikaner, it promises a government that looks into the interest of all communities.
But at the same time on this seat in Bikaner is a campaign that runs below the surface - call for Hindu polarisation that would help the cause of the Ram Mandir. The contestants are locked in stiff battle and sparing no effort to reach out to as many voters as possible in the last two days before polling.