In a last-minute bid to address anti-incumbency, BJP is mulling the option of soft projection of its national president Amit Shah as the chief minister candidate in Gujarat. In a high powered meeting held at the party’s Gujarat war-room, it was widely felt that while the Modi-Shah duo attracts immense trust in the party and also in the state, the incumbent CM Vijay Rupani has not been able to enthuse the workers.
“Factors like Hardik Patel have indeed made it into a tough contest, we need to unleash all ammunition with full might. Even a subtle projection of Amit Shah will get workers in a full blast mode. He is the second tallest Gujarati name in the country today”, said a senior BJP leader.
Gujarat goes for first rounds of polls this Friday, December 9. Most of the opinion polls have suggested a close contest with BJP scoring a minor edge. People clued-in with Gujarat politics told Newsd that the impact of Amit Shah’s projection as Gujarat CM could be very interesting.
“Whereas Amit Shah is undoubtedly a hot favourite among non-Patidars, how Patidars react to his projection needs to be seen”, a senior Gujarat based journalist told Newsd.