Seaplane worked for Modi in Gujarat. Will VVIP chopper win Rajasthan for BJP?

Seaplane worked for Modi in Gujarat. Will VVIP chopper win Rajasthan for BJP?

It was November 14, 2017 – the last day of campaigning for the second phase of assembly election in Gujarat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took all by surprise by taking off in a seaplane from the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad.

That spectacle was to showcase Gujarat’s development under the BJP in 22 years. Narendra Modi’s seaplane ride is believed to have given the ruling BJP a last-minute crucial push to win a consecutive sixth assembly election.

Here comes the similarity between Gujarat and Rajasthan assembly election.

Rajasthan, which voted for assembly today (December 7), also has an aircraft connection.

Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal, landed in India on Tuesday (December 4) after being extradited from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Modi took the opportunity to rake up Christian Michel’s extradition during his public rallies in Rajasthan on December 5. Just as in Gujarat, it was the last day for campaigning in the border state.

Speaking at an election rally in Rajasthan’s Sumerpur, Modi said the government has brought the VVIP chopper deal middleman and secret-keeper all the way from Dubai. Christian Michel had served the politicians and would now disclose all the secrets. Who knows what will be revealed now, Modi said.

At another rally in Dausa, without naming the Nehru-Gandhis, Modi said the entire family was scared of the things Christian Michel would reveal.

Christian Michel’s extradition to India came barely three days before Rajasthan and Telangana went to polls today.

Moreover, the extradition took place less than 24 hours before campaigning for these two states came to an end at 5 pm on December 5.

With Christian Michel’s extradition, Narendra Modi got a godsent opportunity to showcase the ruling BJP’s fight against corruption on the
last day of campaigning for the Rajasthan and Telangana assembly elections, just as his seaplane ride showcased Gujarat’s USP – development.

Modi’s last day’s unique initiative is believed to have helped the BJP in his home state of Gujarat. The party bagged 99 seats, just seven seats more than the magic figure.

It is believed that had Narendra Modi not taken the ride, the BJP perhaps would have failed to reach the magic figure.

The BJP got 16 seats less than its 2012 tally in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly. On the other hand, the Congress’ tally rose from 61 in 2012 to 77. The Congress’s vote share also jumped from 38.95 per cent in the 2012 election to 41.4 per cent, an increase of 2.45 per cent.

Narendra Modi’s seaplane ride might have helped the BJP in Gujarat. If the voters would have got convinced, the extradition of alleged middleman in the VVIP chopper deal – Christian Michel – in the VVIP chopper deal case may also come to the rescue of Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan.

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