Ahmedabad:  The move of Bharatiya Janata Party stalwart Lal Krishna Advani to withdraw himself from the race for the post of Prime Minister has rejuvenated the supporters of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. With Modi fast emerging as one of the possible Prime Ministerial candidate for the BJP, his supporters are adamant to showcase the CM’s strength in the September 25 rally against the state Governor Kamla Beniwal.

With the thrust on minorities, a target to gather at least 5 lakh supporters has been given to the party members for the rally which is being held close on the heels of Modi’s successful Sadbhavana fast.
The BJP leaders are annoyed over the appointment of Lokayukta without taking consulting the state government. Beniwal had earlier rejected five bills introduced by the Gujarat government.

Speaking on the issue, BJP general secretary of Gujarat Vijay Rupani said, “The Governor is behaving like a Congress leader. The Gujarat government wants to bring bills for public welfare, which have been rejected by the Raj Bhavan.”

BJP also plans to use this rally as a stage to project its secular image and woo minorities who seem to be disenchanted with the saffron party owing to the ‘cap episode’ during Modi’s Sadbhavana fast when he had publicly denied wearing a cap offered by a Muslim Imam on stage.

The President of Gujarat BJP's Minority Morcha Mahebubali Baba said that no community would be left behind in this rally.

Justifying the cap episode, Mahebubali Baba said it is not an  issue among the minority community and people are only concerned about having a dynamic and talented Prime Minister.

(JPN/Bureau)