As Modi visits Gujarat, all eyes on possible announcement of sops for voters


Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Gujarat today and all eyes will be on whether he announces any sops ahead of the assembly elections in the state.

This is because the Election Commission last week had refused to announce the model code of conduct for Gujarat while announcing the election schedule for Himachal Pradesh. This, according to critics, was largely to enable Modi to announce news schemes targetting the voters without violating model of conduct.

The election commission was widely condemned for what seemed like doing away from its traditional role as an independent constitutional institution. Even BJP MP Varun Gandhi had described the Election Commission as a “toothless tiger.”

Modi will address the ‘Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan’ being organised by the state BJP to celebrate the conclusion of the saffron party’s ‘Gujarat Gaurav Yatra’ (march for Gujarat’s honour) today.

In a series of tweets, Modi said on Sunday night, “I bow to the people of Gujarat for blessing BJP for decades. We will always fulfil the dreams of every Gujarati with full strength & vigour.”

Modi, who has been frequently visiting the poll-bound state, said in another tweet the two ‘Gujarat Gaurav Yatras’ “showcased the spirit of Jan Shakti & reflected Gujarat’s strong faith in politics of development & good governance”.

He said, “Gujarat Gaurav Yatras showcased the spirit of Jan Shakti & reflected Gujarat’s strong faith in politics of development & good governance.”

Senior leaders of the party joined the 15-day march, which was launched on October 1. The march covered a distance of around 4,471 kilometres, spread over 149 of the 182 Assembly constituencies in the state, Vaghani said.

“Tomorrow, the prime minister will give his guidance to around seven lakh BJP workers at the Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan to be held in Bhat village,” he was quoted by PTI.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, BJP national president Amit Shah and many other leaders of the party would be present, he added.

Last week, Modi had visited Gujarat to inaugurate and lay foundation stones of various projects in Rajkot, Vadnagar, Gandhinagar and Bharuch. He had also held a roadshow in his hometown Vadnagar on 8 October.

Assembly elections are due in Gujarat later this year.