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Published On:27 August 2011
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Undeterred by scams, Narendra Modi into poll mode now

By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani


Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is in trouble over various land scams in his vibarant state but he does not loose his control over his government.Modi certainly is all set to play his political cards in due course of time.


The reason - Chief Minister Narendra Modi seems to have been on a poll alert for the past few months, driving party leaders and workers into poll mode.


But, BJP national president Nitin Gadkari announded that the BJP will not project anyone in particular or announce its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.


CM Modi has consistently been ranked the best chief minister in the country. So, it’s obvious that he is the only prime ministerial choice that BJP can bank on to win 2014.


Probably, Gadkari’s aim is to keep all BJP leaders, including Modi baiters, working aggressively in the field. By keeping Modi’s name under wraps, he may also hurt the Congress which will not be able to woo minorities by using ‘Modi the Minority Hater’ card.


It seems that Modi is the only choice BJP has. If the BJP national chief protests against this, it will be he who leaves,a state leader promised. He revealed that few will vote for the BJP in 2014 if Modi is not its prime ministerial candidate.


His logic: Arun Jaitley is too sophisticated and does not have a finger on the public pulse; Varun Gandhi who copies Modi is too junior and naïve; and, Sushma Swaraj has a bright future as Chief Minister of Delhi but she evokes no emotion among Indian electorate. It is only Modi, he reasoned.


If sources are to be believed, Modi has been driving and closely monitoring BJP's political activities across state, keeping elections in mind. This, even as he juggles with a host of judicial issues and the usual tasks of governance.


Since early June, the chief minister seems to have gone into an overdrive. Party functionaries have also observed with surprise that the goings-on are "definitely unusual".
"Such activity by the BJP or, for that matter, any other party is witnessed about six months before elections — not 16 months earlier! We feel he (Modi) must have a reason for doing what he is doing. It seems he is preparing for unscheduled polls — either for the state assembly or the Lok Sabha. Something is definitely cooking," an observer of the political scene said.


What's more, the man whose actions perhaps attract the maximum attention in political circles of the country pretty much conceptualizes and drives these micro-level activities himself. "He (Modi) instructs people down the line, who execute his brief. But he is aware of every programme and gets a feedback on each one of them," a leader said requesting anonymity.


[Abdul Hafiz Lakhani is a senior Journalist based at Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Gujarat). He can be reached at lakhani63@yahoo.com or on his cell 09228746770]

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