Battle for Gujarat: PM Modi to start BJP’s campaign on his 67th birthday

Picture Courtesy : The Indian Express

Picture Courtesy : The Indian Express

On his 67th birthday on September 17, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will kickstart BJP’s campaign for Gujarat assembly polls, holding a public meeting at Dabhoi in Vadodara district after launching three Narmada-related projects, reports Times of India .

Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly polls are slated for the year-end. Modi will inaugurate the newly-constructed gates of Narmada dam on September 17 during his visit to Gujarat.

The new gates raise the height of the dam to 138.68 metres. Party sources said he will inaugurate the dam gates at Kevadiya in the presence of religious leaders and others. Later, he will address the people.

This is likely to be Modi’s last public meeting before the notification for the assembly polls. The party has already taken key steps like engaging senior party leaders in poll management in the home state of the PM as well as the BJP president Amit Shah.

Shah recently appointed finance  and Defence minister Arun Jaitley as election in-charge for Gujarat. Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Nirmala Sitharaman, Jitendra Singh and P P Chaudhary were appointed coincharges for the state.

Shah has confirmed that no chief minister will be changed, making it clear that the party will contest the assembly polls with Vijay Rupani as its face.

Although the party lost one of the Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat to senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, the saffron camp is upbeat about internal strife in Congress.

Moreover, there is speculation about senior leader Shankersinh Vaghela’s son Mahendrasinh Vaghela joining BJP.

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