Narendra Modi supporters celebrate
in Ahmedabad, June 9.
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Battles before the war
The Congress party’s real test will be to stop Narendra Modi and the BJP from achieving the short-term objective of
winning the assembly elections in November, says Sanjay Kapoor
Long before Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was officially anoint- ed as the chairman of the Bharatiya
Janata Party’s election campaign committee during the party’s national executive in
Goa last week, his name was being tested
by some of his supporters as the probable
party candidate for the prestigious parliamentary seat of Lucknow.
Why Lucknow, of all places? His supporters displayed no coyness in giving an explanation to why Modi should be fielded from
the capital of Uttar Pradesh. Their explanation has been on the following lines:
Besides Lucknow enjoying a reputation of
being secular, the city has been represented
by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. A victory from a
constituency that has such strong secular
credentials and manifest symbolism is
expected to neutralize his post-Godhra
More importantly, though, Modi’s pres-
ence in UP could unleash a wave in favor of
the BJP and help the party win a significant
number of seats from the state.