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December 4, 2007

The Gujarat election chat: BJP leader Arun Jaitley
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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi maybe the Bharatiya Janata Party's last hope but he doesn't seem to have many supporters within his own party. Even the Sangh Parivar outfits are not too enamoured of the chief minister.

Part of the reason is Modi's highly personalised style of campaigning. Unlike most other regional leaders, Modi, in the five years that he has ruled Gujarat, has managed to carve an independent image for himself among his constituents. Part of the reason is also his highly abrasive manner that doesn’t suffer foods gladly.

Thus, while his detractors -- who are many -- decry him for his 'communal' campaign and his Hindutva label, for his supporters Modi can do no harm.

And among his biggest backers in the BJP is general secretary Arun Jaitley, who has been assigned as the in-charge of the Gujarat election. For Jaitley, Modi can do no wrong, nor is there anything wrong with his style of functioning or campaign.

Speaking to earlier this week, Jaitley said if the BJP wins in Gujarat, it will get the upper hand in the Lok Sabha poll as and when it is held. What he didn't say was how Modi's win will affect the equations within the BJP.

Known for his candour and no-nonsense approach, Jaitley will appear on the Rediff Chat to discuss the Gujarat election, why he believes Narendra Modi won't lose despite everyone ganging up against him, and the Congress party's campaign.

Join Jaitley on the Rediff Chat on December 6, at 7.30 pm IST

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