The campaign for the Gujarat assembly elections is heating up and newer controversies are arising by the day.
Just today Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar decided to sink to a new low by hurling elitist slurs bordering on casteist slur against PM Modi by calling him a “neech”. This was seen as Aiyar upsetting Congress’ carefully crafted caste strategy. Only a few days back, he had created another headache for the Congress by making a supposed comparison between the Congress dynasty and the Mughals.
Now it seems that the Congress might be accused of trying to employ below the belt tactics, if this Times of India report is to be believed.
The report quotes Jashodaben’s sister-in-law, who claimed that the Congress party had contacted the family to try and convince Jashodaben to contest the Gujarat elections, but she refused. Had they been successful, it could have created a ripple effect in the state’s political circles and a section of the media too would have wasted no time in building a, “Big blow to Modi” narrative.
The same report says that Jashodaben has projected that BJP would win more than 130 seats in the upcoming assembly elections.
Possibly one of the reasons why Jashodaben declined Congress’ offer might be because she has been a silent supporter of PM Modi. As per media reports, only today Jashodaben lent support to the Beti-Bachao Beti-Padhao campaign of PM Modi at an event in Uttar Pradesh, where “Modi Zindabad” slogans were also raised. This Beti Bachao slogan has been one of the flagship taglines which have been promoted by PM Modi.
Such an effort by the Congress to rope in Jashodaben might cement the assertion that, the Congress has tried to use every trick in the book to somehow try and taste success in Gujarat.
This has included sending their Vice President Rahul Gandhi on a temple hopping spree to possibly try and woo the Hindus. This suffered a blow when social media erupted with reports of Rahul Gandhi’s appeared in the ‘non-Hindu’ register before taking the darshan of the famous Somnath Temple, after which Rahul Gandhi was a “Janeu dhaari Hindu” by the Congress party.