Modiís win is a victory of saffron forces: VHP
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in their magazine Vishwa Hindu Samachar published in Gujarati here has termed Chief Minister Narendra Modi's success in Assembly elections as the victory of "saffron forces" in the state, while debunking the development plank claimed by him as the winning factor.
Its cover story runs with a blurb "What Gujarat does, India will have to do tomorrow - Vote like a Hindu".
On the other hand, the magazine published from New Delhi in Hindi and English champions Modi as the leader for the country and calls him "the darling of Gujarat's six crore Hindus who triumphed over Mama Mia Sonia's darling son, the half Italian Rahul Gandhi...," and hails Modi as an "industrious chief minister".
Commenting on Modi's win for the first time through its Gujarati mouthpiece, Vishwa Hindu Samachar's latest edition says, "Be it Atalji's India shining, or Chandrababu Naidu or Vijayaraje Scindia, elections cannot be won on the plank of development because the winds of development blow across the world".
The editorial of the magazine talks about how the trumpet of the coming of Tata Motors' Nano plant to Sanand blew across India, yet the BJP could not win even in Sanand and Viramgam Assembly constituencies in the recently concluded elections.
"Even after Sadbhavana mission, the BJP gave no tickets to Muslims and the Hindu voters took note of this and forgave the Sadbhavana mission," it says.
The cover story of the magazine micro-analyses the Modi win as a steady "saffronisation of the campaign" by Modi himself. It cites instances of how the Vivekanand Yuva Vikas Yatra started and ended at religious places at Ambaji and Pavagadh, Modi's poll campaign that was kicked off from Somanth temple, Modi seeking blessing from sadhus in presence of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at Chharodi in Ahmedabad were all part of revisiting saffron image of the BJP.