We are also campaigning, but media focus more on Modi: Congress leader

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Shakeel Ahmed
New Delhi, Dec 2: The Congress hit back at the BJP over the latter's allegations that senior leaders of the ruling party were avoiding rallies in the national capital as they were not pulling as much crowd as those of Narendra Modi, the opposition party's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

General secretary of the AICC, Shakeel Ahmed counter-alleged that the media was focusing more on the rallies of only one chief minister of the BJP, who is Modi, while five other Congress chief ministers were also addressing rallies in Delhi for the December 4 polls, including Sheila Dikshit of Delhi, Virbhadra Singh of Himachal Pradesh, Vijay Bahuguna of Uttarakhand, Oomen Chandt of Kerela and Bhoopinder Singh Hoods of Haryana.

Ahmed said the media was giving more publicity to Modi's meetings even if chief ministers of five Congress-ruled states more developed than Gujarat were campaigning in Delhi.

The BJP said the Cong cancelled its rallies after seeing Modi's huge audience

When asked why none of the top three Congress leaders, including party president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were addressing rallies in the last leg of the campaign in Delhi, Ahmed said Sonia Gandhi had already addressed one rally while Rahul Gandhi had addressed a couple of them. He said the campaigning of Prime Minister Singh had to be cancelled owing to the visit of Japanese emperor and empress.

The AICC general secretary further added that while several leaders from the Congress were campaigning for the polls, the BJP was just banking on Modi as its local leadership completely surrendered to the fact that they can not defeat Sheila Dikshit in the elections.

The BJP had mocked the Congress after the cancellation of Singh's rally, saying it was afraid after seeing Modi's huge rallies at the national capital.

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