BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who will hold a rally in Chandrapur on Friday, is likely to skip Gondia-Bhandara constituency currently represented by Union Minister for Heavy Industries Praful Patel (NCP).
BJP sources said that instead of visiting personally for the rally, Modi had given his consent for three dimension (3-D) rally in Patel’s constituency.
Nana Patole, BJP’s candidate against Praful Patel, was keen on Modi’s rally in his constituency, but the Gujarat chief minister, who has already held rallies at Wardha, Amravati, Akola and Kisano Se Charcha at Yavatmal, is unlikely to land on Patel’s home turf.
Interestingly, Patel was amongst the first NCP leaders who had publicly given a “clean chit” to Modi in connection with the 2002 riots almost a month ago.
According to BJP’s Vinod Tawde, the leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, “For the first time in Maharashtra, Modi is going to hold 3-D rallies. It is as good as being personally present on the venue.”
Shrikant Bhartiya, BJP’s poll in-charge in the state, said, “The 3-D rallies of Modi are going to be held in Pandharpur, Chimur, Gondia-Bhandara, Bhiwandi, Arvi, Mumbai and Arvi.”
BJP sources said Gadkari had conveyed to the BJP leadership that they should concentrate on Modi’s rallies in constituencies that are difficult for the party, and not in seats like Beed where Gopinath Munde is in the fray or Nagpur where he himself is contesting.