Gandhinagar, Nov 15: Ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections, the state has turned into a shoppers' paradise. And, the best part is that every product has a stamp of either politics or political parties.
If you don't believe us, then go to Surat, the commercial hub of Gujarat, where a shop is offering election merchandise, ranging from t-shirts with a lotus logo (representing the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) symbol) to umbrellas with a hand logo (depicting the Congress' symbol).
It's not just t-shirts and umbrellas, even books and food products have a flavour of either the BJP or the Congress--the two main political parties fighting to win the poll battle--slated on December 9 and 14.
The vibrant shop soaked in multitude of colours is also adorned with a huge cardboard cutout of BJP president Amit Shah, which is right at the entrance to welcome patrons.
The owner of the shop said he had products representing both the political parties and did not give preference to the BJP over the Congress and vice-versa.
"The shop is a neutral place. The supporters of both the BJP and the Congress can visit us. They can buy whatever they want. This is the election season and everyone has the right to choose his/her own political party or candidate," smiled the shop owner.
When asked whether customers prefer to purchase products representing the BJP or the Congress, a shopkeeper at the makeshift stall said, "There is a demand for both kinds of products. It's 50-50."
Does that mean both the BJP and the Congress are fighting a close contest in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home turf?
A patron, who was seen selecting goods with the BJP logo, said that election would decide the ultimate winner.
Till then it's raining 'political' merchandise in Surat.