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Mission Gujarat to get a boost with Modi rallies, road shows

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Mission Gujarat to get a boost with Modi rallies, road shows

From next week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to begin his Gujarat election campaign. But before that, the BJP will finalise the names of its candidates. After many rounds of meetings, the State party unit has finalised the list of probable candidates. The BJP president Amit Shah was also said to be present in the meetings, so not many changes will be made in the list.

The names of candidates are almost final, and only an official announcement is awaited. The nomination process has already started, and sources say that Modi’s campaign could start from November 20 and is expected to be quite exhaustive. The party has planned almost 50 rallies, and of these, at least 30 might be addressed by PM Modi.

There are 32 districts in Gujarat and at least one rally will be held in each district. Apart from rallies, many road shows have also been planned. This is to be noted that even before the announcement of elections, Modi addressed several rallies and held many road shows in Gujarat. Some say Modi can stay back in Gujarat for a few days just as he had done in Varanasi during the Uttar Pradesh elections.

Most of the party leaders, CMs, and Central Ministers will also stay back. That is why it is being said that the Winter Session of Parliament will not be held before the Gujarat polls.



On one hand, the Government is not ready to call the Winter Session of Parliament right now, and on the other hand, the Opposition has started its preparations. Probably, the Opposition leaders will wait for three days and then disclose their future course of action. The CCPA meeting was proposed for November 17; this committee headed by Rajnath Singh recommends the schedule of Parliament Session to the President.

If the meeting isn’t held or if no decision is taken to call the Session, then the Opposition will hit the road for agitation against the Government. The Opposition parties will submit a memorandum to the President and start their agitation. Even if the Government curtails the duration of the Session, the Opposition will protest. The Congress, CPM, TMC, RJD and all other Opposition parties believe that a shorter Session will be an attack on democracy.

On the other hand, the Government is facing a hurdle: Almost all the ministers along with the PM are busy with Gujarat elections. In this scenario, if the Parliament Session starts, then many questions can be raised. Apart from that, the Opposition will also ask questions about the absence of other ministers. The Government will also have to face questions on issues like the GST, Doklam, and demonetisation.



Who will be the next Governor of Jammu and Kashmir? NN Vohra was appointed by the UPA Government in 2008. From June 2013, he has been enjoying his second stint and it will be over in June. But before that, there is speculation that he will resign shortly. In fact, this speculation started last June when Vohra was selected as the chairman of the prestigious IIC. He was elected in place of famous advocate Soli Sorabjee, and from that moment, people began wondering if he would resign from the post of Governor. However, if he had to resign, he would have done it in the past six months.

The Central Government doesn’t want to remove him from the post, it is being said. So, it might allow him to complete his remaining tenure of six months. The search for the new Governor has started. Last year, the name of Anil Baijal was doing the rounds, but he was finally appointed as the L-G of Delhi. Three new names are being discussed now.

The most probable candidate is Dineshwar Sharma. He is the former IB chief and has recently been appointed as an interlocutor in Jammu and Kashmir. Vohra had also been appointed as the interlocutor in the State by the Vajpayee Government and then the UPA Government had appointed him as the Governor.

It is being said that Sharma will get a better picture of the situation in the next few months and will also hold talks with the parties concerned in his new capacity. He is expected to be promoted to the post of Governor after he submits his report to the Central Government.

Apart from Sharma, two more names are being discussed. One is former IPS officer AS Dulat and the other is Syed Ata Hasnain, who is an ex-Army man. He has been a three-starred General of India and was attached to The Garhwal Rifles. His father was also a Major General in the Indian Army.


Questions are being raised on why Rahul Gandhi had been kept out of Himachal elections and why is he campaigning alone in Gujarat? The Congress leaders are puzzled about why other people are not being roped in for campaigning in Gujarat. Rahul is campaigning in Gujarat along with in-charge general secretary Ashok Gehlot only. No other face of the party was seen in the four phases of Navsarjan Yatra of the party in Gujarat. Rahul’s close aide and media in-charge, Randeep Surjewala, went to Gujarat for a press conference, but didn’t go for campaigning with Rahul. On one hand, the BJP’s top brass is campaigning in Gujarat, and on the other hand, the Congress has kept all its leaders at home and Rahul is campaigning alone. 

Rahul had done a little campaigning in Himachal; he went there on November 7, just a day before the end of the campaign. That was the reason why PM Modi said that the Congress had already conceded defeat. The other leaders of the Congress have also started saying the same. A party veteran said Rahul was kept away from Himachal fearing the party’s defeat and is now running all over Gujarat expecting victory. Sources in the Congress say that the internal surveys ensure victory in Gujarat and expect defeat in Himachal Pradesh. So, Rahul didn’t go to Himachal for campaigning and it was decided that Virbhadra Singh would be held responsible for the loss as he had been given the responsibility for the candidates and campaigning.

On the other hand, the party didn’t announce its CM candidate for Gujarat and appointed four executive presidents along with the State president. Not only this, only Rahul is campaigning in Gujarat. The motive is clear: If the Congress wins, the credit will go to Rahul. If this happens, the Congress will say that Rahul has defeated Modi in his bastion. That is why the decision to give the party command to Rahul has been postponed.

Rahul’s close aides want him to be the party president only after a big victory, which would also seal his position as the leader of the Opposition alliance. In the coming days, only Rahul’s face will be seen in the election campaign. But what will happen if the party doesn’t win? Rahul will have to take the entire blame.




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