Call it his charisma or captivating charm, the political ambience has seen a major sea-change in the overall scheme of things in the state ever since Chief Minister Narendra Modi has been named the prime ministerial candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

While BJP’s state unit has pumped in all efforts to ensure Modi sits on the chair of Prime Minister, the Congress is hoping to repeat its 2009 feat in the general elections slated to be held on 30th April.

It’s a difficult job to estimate the overall poll mood going by the past records as both Congress and BJP have been engaging in a gripping duel for the past six Lok Sabha outings. In 2004, the BJP won 14 seats and in 2009, it bagged 15. The party put up one of its best ever performances in 1999, when it won 20 seats. It’s, however, a matter of intense irony that Modi’s charisma couldn’t repeat the same feat.

If political analysts are to be believed, the results would have been more or less similar this time around as well. However, things changed mainly by a boost in the sentiment of Gujaratis that a person from their own community stands a mighty chance of becoming the nation’s next Prime Minister.

Modi himself is quite aware of this fact that an increase in BJP’s tally in his home state would bring him close to Prime Minister’s chair and it’s mainly due to this very reason the saffron party leader is contesting the general elections from Varanasi as well as Vadodara.

He is looking to exert dominance over Congress fortresses like Dohad, Anand and Kheda by contesting from Vadodara. 

The Congress is not alien to these facts and deep down the line, the party believes that Lok Sabha elections in Gujarat are going to be the toughest for them compared to other states.

Till yesterday, the party, which was soaring high on the back of several factors like news related to backwardness of Gujarat based on social parameters in national media, NSUI’s victory, unification of Muslim voters, is now looking to have run out of gasoline.


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