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BEING the most populated island, Java will ultimately become a modern day Kurukshetra battlefield—from the Mahabharata legend—between Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Salahuddiin Uno.
Two months ahead of the D-day, as both presidential campaign teams are focusing all their campaign resources on Java, Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno’s political safaris continue to center around the country’s most populated island.
Surveys show Jokowi-Ma’ruf and Prabowo-Sandiaga are running neck to neck in West Java. Religious and PKI issues dogged the candidates on their West Java campaign trail.
Jokowi and Prabowo’s teams pushed on in opponent’s bases in Central Java engaging in tit-for-tat moves.
Jokowi and Prabowo are both vying to grab the sympathy of NU’s kyais (Islamic leaders). Fuad Amin Imron and Setya Novanto are rumored to have playing roles in campaign activities.