Gujarat BJP plans big fete to mark ‘victory’

Gujarat BJP plans big fete to mark ‘victory’

Jubilant after exit polls’ prediction of a brilliant performance by the National Democratic Alliance in Lok Sabha elections ahead of Friday’s results, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat has made elaborate arrangements for celebrating the party’s triumph in Ahmedabad.

By Mahesh Trivedi

Published: Thu 15 May 2014, 9:37 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:51 PM

As was done after the results of the December 2012 state assembly polls were announced, BJP office-bearers have already placed huge orders for sweets and firecrackers for massive festivities at the party’s old office in the heart of Ahmedabad.

BJP spokesperson I K Jadeja told Khaleej Times that he had asked all taluka-level workers in the state to celebrate the party’s victory by going to town with processions, laddus and firecrackers.

No wonder, dealers of firecrackers who were twiddling their thumbs with lack of business despite the marriage season are also dancing with joy as BJP faithfuls have bought almost their entire stocks..

A life-size statue of Gujarat Chief Minister and the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has been sculpted by a renowned artist of Vadodara and will be taken out in the victory procession in Ahmedabad with as many motorcycles as the number of seats won by the party.

There is still uncertainty over whether Modi will address a meeting at the party headquarters in Ahmedabad as he has been doing it after each victory in the assembly elections.

But BJP insiders said Modi would deliver a brief victory speech in the presence of senior national party leaders in Ahmedabad and later fly with them to New Delhi for a similar function there.

A number of well-known local clubs have, meanwhile, put up giant screens for their members for watching the election results as they are broadcast on television on Friday, and celebrate the ‘emergence of a Gujarati (Modi) on the national scene.

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