The BJP may have raised the pitch for the ongoing assembly elections in four states, but the early indications don’t appear to chime with the claims made by the saffron party leaders.
A senior cabinet minister in Narendra Modi’s cabinet, Prakash Javdekar, was left red-faced after he reportedly saw a near empty ground, the venue for his proposed rally in Tamil Nadu.
According to News7, Javdekar, Union Environment Minister, arrived in Rasipuram to address a rally on Friday, but his car returned from the venue after he saw the place almost empty. According to reports, Javdekar didn’t even come out of his car and chose to return.
Javdekar was in Tamil Nadu to campaign for the BJP candidate C. Kuppusamy for Rasipuram Assembly constituency.
Later, talking to reporters, Javdekar alleged that both the Dravidian parties had failed to improve the irrigation network due to which farmers were not prosperous here.
According to The Hindu, he claimed that due to implementation of irrigation projects in Madhya Pradesh, the agricultural area had increased from nine lakh hectares to 32 lakh hectares in 12 years. “But Tamil Nadu government is giving only freebies and there is no real development,” he charged.
Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, was given a similar treatment in West Bengal, where he was attending an election rally earlier this month.
Singh, was forced to address a near-empty ground in Bengal’s Bankura.
According to pre-election surveys, the BJP is not likely to perform well in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, states, where the party leaders have had to face embarrassment for a lacklustre response from potential voters.