Ahmedabad: Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha and one of BJP's main strategists Arun Jaitley on Thursday met Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and discussed the strategy for the next phase of the party's assembly poll campaign which begins from Monday.

"Jaitleyji is here to discuss the strategy ahead for the next phase of campaigning," BJP sources said. Jaitley held a meeting with the Chief Minister in Gandhinagar after he arrived on Wednesday evening and then visited the party headquarters.
    
Campaigning is expected to pick up from Monday after a few days' lull due to Diwali and Gujarati New Year. Gujarat assembly polls are slated to be held on December 13 and 17.
Ruling BJP and opposition Congress are once again in direct fight. Recent poll surveys have shown that ruling party, the BJP, is having an edge over the opposition and Chief Minister Narendra Modi is most likely to lead his party successfully in the polls for the third time in a row. It is also being speculated that former BJP veteran Keshu Bhai Patel’s Gujarat Parivartan Party may dent into the vote bank of BJP. After his strife with the Chief Minister Modi, Patel along with other alienated BJP leaders- such as former Chief Minister Suresh Mehta and former union Minister late Kashiram Rana- formed the regional party in August this year.
Notable, the incumbent CM Modi took over reign of power in the state in 2001 from Kehsubhai Patel.

Other smaller parties in fray, which may dent the poll prospects of the two national parties, are- Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Janata Dal (United), the Samajwadi Party, Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

(JPN/Agencies)

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