This is happening for the very first time that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will campaign for upcoming elections at the same place, on the same day, at same time, with a very same political propaganda with the same aim to woo people of Somnath, and ultimately entire state. This is nothing but the classic ‘Temple Run’ to win the race of Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017.
The Somnath temple located in the coastal Saurashtra region of Gujarat is a picturesque Hindu pilgrimage has its own religious aura, but it will be the centre of whole country’s attention today for very different reasons. For the first time, two very-arch political rivals – BJP chieftain and Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and recently politically rejuvenated Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will campaign on same day at Somnath. While Mr Gandhi will be offering his prayers at the historic Somnath temple at 1 PM, PM Modi will fly down to Somnath after his rally at Morbi and will address a public rally at 1:20 PM.
Between the two leaders, will be an odd distance of just 23 kilometres as Somanth temple is located just that far from Prachi, where PM Modi will be addressing a public rally. We can imagine the rush of security agencies and armed forces upon the arrival of high-profile rival VIPs on very same day, it will be one tizzy day at this otherwise quaint place. The partially-covert fact here is that both star campaigners are trying to hit the same card of religious sentiments by visiting temples – back to back. It is literally real life form of ‘Temple Run’, with the reign of Gujarat for next five years as a grandiose reward.
In a jibe to cancel out the flak from BJP, Gandhi has made 20 temple visits over a total of 12-days of trip within two months. While on the other hand, Modi keeps visiting temples on the sidelines of tons of rallies he already conducted and in those that are scheduled in coming week. About the two star campaigners’ schedules, Gandhi will travel from Somnath to Amreli through Visavadar in Junagadh, which is former Gujarat chief minister Keshubhai Patel’s constituency. Meanwhile Modi is addressing four rallies across the state today starting from Morbi, Prachi in Gir-Somnath district, Palitana in Bhavnagar and Navsari in South Gujarat. It is going to be a busy day, and a rather busier week for Gujarat as political parties with allegations and counter-allegations are expected to fly thick and fast, just as all these politicians are flying from city to city. Oh what fun it is to speculate this political marathon that has temped up to its climax.