Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi hit out directly at Congress leader Sonia Gandhi on Friday. The campaign for Gujarat is now shifting gears not just because of the last lap of the first phase but mainly due to Friday's surprise defeat of BJP in Rajya Sabha.
The tone and tenor of the campaign will be shrill, dirty and bit low in taste as a result of FDI vote, won handsomely by the Congress-led UPA government. The BJP leadership which was hoping to hurt the Congress in RS, will go full steam to draw blood in Gujarat with a huge majority, and repeat the same in Himachal Pradesh.
A host BJP leaders are going to address meetings in Gujarat next week and so is Rahul Gandhi. Sonia is also expected to make a tour of north Gujarat towns.
While the BJP will raise the pitch of attack, the Congress may try to provoke the BJP, especially Modi.
Rahul also faces a difficult task at a rally on Dec 11 at Sanand, where the Tatas have their Rs 2,000-crore Nano car project. On Friday, Ratan Tata was very critical of the UPA government and its commitment to industries.
The chairman of the $100 billion salt-to-steel group told the British Financial Times that the government's inaction is driving investment away from India and forcing industrialists to look for overseas opportunities.
On Tuesday, Rahul will have to answer Tata chairman and also attack Modi.