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Directionless campaign will confuse voters

The gloves have come off this campaign season, and the issues being raised for the state assembly elections is likely to leave a sensible section of voters confused. The allegations, clarifications and counter allegations have only raised a cacophony of electioneering and not the level of debate for the future of the state.

It seemed that the decision to fight assembly polls separately would come as an opportunity for voters to choose and pick the right candidates but it is appalling to see the front runners in state politics engaging in verbal duels over language, region, class and creed. This has left behind quality debate on party manifestos or vision documents released by political parties. BJP is on a damage control exercise and seems to have forgotten to publish its manifesto and vision document. Neither the Congress nor the NCP appears to be keen to debate what they are trying to accomplish through their manifestos. Their leaders seem to be enjoying the political banter between Sena, BJP and MNS leaders over the issue of Marathi vs Gujarati, unified Maharashtra vs a separate Vidarbha.

Leaders such as ex-CM Prithviraj Chavan and NCP chief Sharad Pawar are taking potshots at the BJP and its star campaigner, PM Narendra Modi. While Chavan is harping on the issue of BJP's love for Gujarat and fear of shifting of businesses to the state of Modi and Amit Shah, Pawar is concentrating on the class of leaders who belong to the upper strata of society.

On Shiv Sena's front it is Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray who is focusing on the issue of what kind of Mumbai he wants, and its development and nightlife. But, his father and Sena chief, Uddhav spends 90 per cent of his speeches on BJP-bashing. MNS chief, Raj Thackeray gives his discourses on Marathi and anti-Marathi issues. He too has failed to raise the debate over his blueprint and the future of the state.

In this scenario, when only seven days are left for polling, it is not surprising that the voters of the state are yet to decide whom to support to secure the future of the state.

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