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Gujarat elections: Fearful of Rahul Gandhi’s popularity, PM Modi uses sensational slogans

Prime Minister Narendra Modi should come out from the self created illusion that he recently alleged that a “conspiracy” was hatched by the Congress to put him in jail referring to accusations of his complicity in the 2002 post-Godhra riots. Prime Minister has a habit of diverting from the main issue to irrelevant issues.

Narendra Modi targeted the Congress and the Nehru-Gandhi family of disliking Gujarat and Gujaratis  and invoking tall leaders from the poll-bound state like Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Morarji Desai, the prime minister said that he will fight Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh state  assembly elections on the slogan “vikasvaad  V/s  vanshvaad”.

Just to remind Prime Minister Narendra Modi  that he is from the ruling party of the government  and he needs to change the slogan of his campaign i.e. from Vanswad V/s Vikaswad  as this time he has been ruling the centre  and the state  and there was no interference of any sort from the Opposition parties therefore Modi has to appeal or seek votes from the masses on the basis of his achievements, governance  and how his government has contributed  to provide employment , more money in the common man’s pocket, cheap education etc.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot seek votes just by criticising Congress for years or by using attractive or sensational slogans that were used by him in 2014. In 2014, Modi made numerous promises and also appealed to people that  UPA should be voted out for Vanshvaad. But now BJP is itself is in power and has a massive number of ministers from the families who have been  following the path of Vansvaad politics in BJP party.

Nobody has raised questions on tall leaders of India rather people are looking for next-generation leaders  and alas they are unable to find one.

During the three years of Modi’s rule at the centre, people have been listening to the violence due to communalism.

And now, Modi appears to be afraid of Gandhi as former president Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said the Congress vice-president was fully qualified to lead the party. “The young man has the capacity to respond to change, adapt and adjust,’’  Mukherjee said in an interview to national channel. The former president said he believed that a person acquired leadership qualities with time. ‘It is circumstances that throw up a leader,’’ he said citing the instance of how Indira Gandhi rose up in stature and how Rajiv Gandhi became a third world leader by taking a leading role on disarmament at the UN.  PM Modi should and must understand  that people of India are concerned  about their welfare  regarding cheap education , opportunity to compete with people of other countries. And in all these counts, BJP has failed miserably and is fearful of the prospects of Congress returning to power in states and at the centre.

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By: Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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