It was perhaps the most grueling poll campaign for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat assembly elections for which the last phase of polling ended on December 14. He tried every trick in his magic bag to convince the people to give one more chance to rule the state. He opted for maximum number of rallies, as long stay in the state as possible and the use of canards and false allegations against the Congress to the hilt. He even blamed Pakistan saying it was meddling in Gujarat elections. When the end of the campaign came, he seemed to be desperate to give a unique touch to his campaign to have impact on the electorate. In doing do, he violated serious security norms.
The Prime Minister took a seaplane ride from Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad to Dharoi Dam in North Gujarat. He boarded the single-engine plane from the Sadar Bridge, near Sabarmati River to Dharoi Dam and before returning he offered prayers at the famous Ambaji temple.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani claimed that this was the first time a seaplane landed on a water body in the country. He was told about the risk involved in his ride, but he ignored it. Among security norms, it is a key directive that the Prime Minister should not travel in a single-engine plane because in the case of failure of the engine, serious mishap could occur. The seaplane that PM used was without any navigation aid on the ground. It seems he dared to take a risk to lap a vast publicity for influencing the voters. The journey is over but no one knows whether the poll plane will fall with a thud or splash.