For Modi, the forthcoming elections are not just about winning the trust of Gujarati people. If he wins the polls, he will become Chief Minister for the 3rd time. And the win will pave his way for Prime Ministerial candidate of BJP for the next General Elections, slated in 2014.
Gujarat Assembly Elections 2012 will take place in two phases: First phase is slated on Dec 13 and second phase on Dec 17. The counting will take place on Dec 20, 2012. Gujarat has 182 assembly constituencies.
The war of words between Congress leaders and Modi is hogging the limelight. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has accused Modi's government and said minorities in Gujarat are feeling "insecure". Rebutting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's charge that minorities were feeling "insecure" in BJP-ruled Gujarat, Modi on Sunday, Dec 9 accused him of playing vote bank politics with the minority community.
"The Prime Minister, who visited Gujarat today (Sunday), is playing vote bank politics in the name of minority and majority (communities). It is sad that the Prime Minister of the country cannot rise above votebank politics," Modi said addressing a poll rally in this town in South Gujarat.
As a part of her campaign, Sonia Gandhi visited Gujarat on Monday. However, she avoided attacking Modi directly. Modi had earlier calling Sonia a liar.
Instead, Sonia spoke about the 'anti-people' and 'discriminatory' policies of Modi's government and vowed to bring back development in the state without naming him even once.