Normally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shouldn't have any worries about the election results in Gujarat. It is Narendra Modi's home state and the party has been in power there for more than two decades.
The 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition has rekindled debate: Why was it demolished, historical wrongs, Mandal Commission inviting a Mandir backlash, Hindu yearning for a Ram temple and so on. But the clinching evidence, judges of the Supreme Court, steeped in the case, might find interesting is a video recording of celebrations at ground zero, the site of the demolition soon after the traumatic event.
Around 50 per cent voting was recorded by late afternoon for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly polls, while complaints about malfunctioning Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) continued to come in.
The BJP went ballistic against the AAP government in Delhi for spending roughly Rs 500 crore on advertising its achievements. It only goes to show how hypocritical the party with a difference can be. The Modi government clearly spent about a Rs 100 crore every month on tom-tomming its own achievements since it came to power three-and-a-half-years ago.