The stage is all set for the Modi vs Modi battle in Gujarat. The Congress has decided to position Lalit Modi as its Chief Ministerial candidate in the battle against the Narendra Modi led BJP government. While the move has sent shock waves across the country, political experts of all hues and shades are already hailing it as a master-stroke.
India’s savviest businessman Vijay Mallya has this to say about this move: “I have personally selected Modi for this role. He will treat all Gujaratis as guests in their own state”. Even though the verdict is still out on whether LaMo can match NaMo’s popularity, experts are unanimous in the view that Lalit Modi can more than match the high-tech wizardry of NaMo, who has been using holographic images of himself to appear simultaneously in different towns. As Keshubhai said bitterly, “One Narendra Modi was difficult to handle, ab chaar chaar…”.
If rumours are to be believed, LaMo has chalked out a glittzy election rally campaign modelled on the lines of the IPL Opening Ceremony, complete with Gujarati cheerleaders, netas in coloured clothing (rumour has it Congress will shed its white Gandhi topi for a Royal Blue helmet) and commentators like Shastri, Morrison and Tony Greig who will keep the crowd entertained before and after LaMo’s speech.
We have also learned from unreliable sources that LaMo plans to get a big sponsor to bankroll the Gujarat Congress campaign. Danny Morrisson is practicing, we last heard, how to scream “That’s huuuuuge, that’s a maximum. Thaaaaaaat’s the PEPSI CONGRESS”.
Clearly with LaMo coming, NaMo has a fight on his hand.