On Tuesday, Narendra Modi started the poll campaign for the upcoming Assembly elections in Gujarat. The polls may be held in Nov-Dec 2012.
On the first day of his month-long campaign, Narendra Modi addressed a huge gathering near Bahucharaji. He launched scathing attack on the Congress accusing it of using CBI for political gains. He raised the issues of coal scam and the 2G scam and wondered why Congress always attacks constitutional authorities like the CAG in coal scam case or the Supreme Court in the 2G scam case.
Drawing parallels to the slogan of a ‘gutka-free Gujarat’, Modi has given the slogan of a ‘Congress-free Gujarat’. He spoke to the people about how Congress has tried to stop development in the state and advised the Prime Minister to follow his Gujarat model of development.
Modi has named his month long campaign as Vivekananda Yuva Vikas Yatra. He will be using the same “rath” that L K Advani used for his anti-corruption Jan Chetna yatra in 2011. Bahucharaji temple was chosen as the starting point because this is where Maruti will be putting up its new car plant.
Modi is hoping of getting re-elected for a third tenure in the state. It is without doubt that he is one of the most popular leaders in the country as of now and also one of the most successful Chief Ministers. But, his road to the elections is not going to be easy. L K Advani’s absence today at the campaign start is being read as a sign of an in-fight between the two BJP leaders. Longtime ally of BJP, Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) has already declared they will be fighting the Gujarat polls alone without any collaboration.
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