Curtains dwon on Gujarat electioneering, polling Sunday

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Ahmedabad, Dec 14 (UNI) Campaigning for the second and final phase of Gujarat Assembly elections, which saw political bigwigs flocking to Gujarat, ended today.

Polling for the remaining 95 constituencies of Central and North Gujarat will be held on December 16. The first phase of polling to 87 seats had taken place on Tuesday.

The last day of campaigning saw senior BJP leader L K Advani holding rallies in North Gujarat while Chief Minister Modi holding fort in Central Gujarat.

Congress 'yuvraj' Rahul Gandhi too held a roadshow in Vadodara which had hundreds of people joining it. BSP supremo Mayawati too did a last-minute whistle-stop tour of the region today.

Taking the boardroom way, Finance Minister P Chidambaram addressed a press conference, in which he criticised the Modi government for bad fiscal management.

Mr Advani too had started his day, addressing the media. He lambasted the Congress for its ''Modi hatao'' campaign and called Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a ''political novice''.

The BJP seems to be on a strong footing....eds: picking up from DR 26, line one, para three of DR 26 "Election-Guj-Campaign Ends." UNI

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