The Gujarat Assembly elections are headed for a photo finish as per the third and the final round of tracker poll conducted by Lokniti-CSDS-ABP News. It claims that both the Congress and the BJP will get 43% of the votes. The report, released on Monday evening, also says that the BJP’s vote share has dropped by 16 percentage points in just four months. A similar survey in August pegged the party’s vote share at 59%. This was down to 43% by November last week.
Finally, the day seemed to have dawned when the Congress Yuvraj reluctant for years finally decided to wear the party crown and relieve his mother of the responsibility she has been shouldering for the last 19 years. Rahul Gandhi stands to be elected next week with not a single Congressman contesting against him for the party chief’s post.
A day after the civic polls results were announced and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed yet another 'saffron tsunami' in its favour, questions being asked now are whether this muscle flexing, chest thumping and drum beating were justified? The party should, at least, hold the ladoos back for a while.
The rise in the growth rate to the moderately satisfactory 6.3 per cent from the depressingly low 5.7 per cent is good news for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at a time when the Prime Minister reminded the audience at a function organised by a media house about former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's observation about the negativism which generally marked newspapers and magazines.