Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Hindu mascot set for a comeback

Dis-spirited Congress campaign and rebels’ failure comes to his aid

The die was cast even before the nominations to Gujarat Assembly elections could begin. With BJP leadership able to mollify the reticent patriarch Keshubhai Patel from launching an open rebellion, Narendra Modi is set to return as Chief Minister for the third term. Even Modi’s most staunch critics like Vishwa Hindu Parishad General Secretary Dr. Pravin Togadia and Gandhian Chunnibhai Patel concede that nobody can stop Modi from returning to power now.

The reasons are not far to seek. BJP rebels’ campaign fizzled out after they had mobilised sizeable public opinion against Modi. Keshubhai went to the extent of exhorting his supporters not to vote for Modi but stopped short of calling them to vote for either Congress or the rebels contesting under the banner of Uma Bharati’s party, Bhartiya Janshakti Party. That left his supporters confused and disillusioned. “We are still waiting for his directions”, said one of his supporters, Durlabhbhai Patel in his home constituency, Visavadar in Amreli district.

Even a rebel leader conceded, “We have managed to wean away 5% votes from Modi. But, only 1% would vote for the Congress.” Modi has been able to portray the rebels as a bunch of power-hungry people and has not been attaching much significance to them. Even stalwarts like former Union Ministers Kashiram Rana and Dr. Vallabhbhai Kathiria haven’t received invitations to campaign for BJP candidates in the state. A disoriented and dispirited campaign of the Congress too has come to Modi’s rescue, who mocks at their “Chak De Gujarat” campaign as a Punjabi slogan with no relevance to Gujarati ethos.
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IIPM Editorial, 2008
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