In the homeland of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, Gujarat, the BJP is fast losing ground and it is a matter of great anguish for the ruling party which is facing anti-incumbency in the coming assembly elections. On the contrary, the Congress has gained ground as was evident from the local bodies polls last year. Whether the exit of the senior leader Shankersinh Vaghela has weakened the Congress base in the state is a matter of debate. Some Congress leaders known to the ground reality of Gujarat are of the opinion that no doubt Vaghela was one of the senior most leaders in the state, his quitting the party will not damage the Congress base in the state. The BJP mocks at Rahul Gandhi saying he is still immature in politics, but the party leadership and the cadre are afraid of him. They know that he can appeal to the masses and can communicate with them with great ease. The coming assembly election is an acid test of the BJP president Amit Shah to save Gujarat from going to the Congress which is the main contender. The defeat in Gujarat, means an eclipse to the propaganda-projected image of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
Against this backdrop, we can understand that the Gujarat BJP conspired to carry out a dastardly attack on the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi when he visited the flood victims in the state. Rahul Gandhi’s car was pelted with stones during his visit to the flood-affected town Dhanera in Banaskantha district on August 4. A big stone broke the rear window of his screen and his security personnel was injured. Rahul Gandhi was safe as he was sitting in the front seat. His public meeting at Lal Chowk at Dhanera was also disturbed by BJP workers who showed black flags. On his visit, Gujarat Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki, party in charge of state, Ashok Ghelot, and others were accompanying Rahul Gandhi. This area of Gujarat always suffered dry spells, but this time severe flood ravaged it.
Rahul Gandhi said that he would not step back because of black flags and slogans in favour of the Prime Minister. He said the party would raise the issue of the failure of the state government to come to the rescue of flood victims. He also made it clear that the BJP and RSS workers were involved in the attack. The Congress said it was a deadly attack which missed the target that was Rahul Gandhi. It was a planned attempt to stop Rahul Gandhi from visiting the flood victims. The state government claimed that it made all arrangements for the visit of the Congress vice president, but this claim is hollow because not only was the car of the Congress leader was attacked, but his public meeting was also disturbed and Rahul Gandhi had to cut short his speech.. The police arrested one BJP youth leader and are hunting three more who were directly involved in the attack. Such dirty and undemocratic tactics show that the BJP in Gujarat is uncertain about its poll victory.