Gujarat: On a cold windy Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was here at Dhandhuka located in Ahmedabad District to address the rally. Reporters reached to the venue before Modi arrived and found no crowd and many empty chairs, the location was barren except for the news media along with BJP workers and organisers.
According to the source, PM had not turned up at scheduled time, organisers told that the PM will arrive post 11 am. The crowd slowly started entering the rally grounds from the back. Most of them were villagers from surrounding areas of Dhandhuka taluka, who had travelled 15-20 km to see Modi for the very first time in their vicinity.
Modi’s helicopter arrived at 12 noon and he started the election campaign speech after 20 minutes. What was surprising that as soon as PM Modi began to speak, people started leaving the venue.
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When reporter spoke to some of the people leaving the rally they said that the weather is bit cold. Some claimed that they had come from far off and had to travel 2 hours just to return home, while others claimed that the speech was too long and they had to leave early to avoid the ensuing traffic after Modi leaves.
Some of the local cops stationed at the rally told this reporter that even they have never seen people walk out of Modi rallies in such high numbers.
As the date for the first phase of polling closes in, one begins to wonder, is the love for Modi waning in poll-bound Gujarat? The answers will be known to all on 18 December.
The 182-member Gujarat Assembly will go to the polls in two phases – on 9 and 14 December. The counting of votes will be taken up on 18 December.
Source : The Quint