Modi mania

Modi mania

The Sangh Parivar appears to have already gone into celebration mode over the Gujarat assembly elections with its mouthpiece Organiser carrying a cover story declaring a "sure hat-trick" for Narendra Modi because his "juggernaut seems unstoppable".

The two cover stories, however, have raise strong objections to the Congress fielding suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt's wife Shweta Bhatt against Modi. While asserting Modi's victory as a "foregone conclusion", the cover story says Bhatt's candidature has given "credence" that her husband was a "Congress stooge who has been shadow boxing for the party in Gujarat in a bid to keep the memory of the riots alive".

Swayamsevak and former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel, on the other hand, has not elicited an equal attack from the Organiser except for describing his "freshly minted" party as a "rag tag bunch of disgruntled septuagenarians" that will not dent the BJP's votebank.

The Organiser's editorial has credited Modi's achievements as a reason the Congress has "deserted its communal political agenda" and kept away "the minority-victim bogey from the campaign" this time. It has highlighted how Modi has shunned "competitive freebies electoral politics" and garnered "votes on his performance".

One of the cover stories claims Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi had been keeping away from Gujarat because the grand old party is "dreading Modi's victory" the third time round that "could launch the Gujarat chief minister into the national political scenario".

Sachar parivar

The Sangh Parivar's Hindi mouthpiece remains focused on the issue of FDI in retail and assails the government for political manipulation to win the vote in Parliament. The editorial in Panchjanya warns the electorate will not pardon the "betrayal" of the SP and BSP in bailing out the government while paying mere lip service to their opposition to FDI in retail.

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