The only hope of the BJP in the upcoming elections is the chief minister of Gujarat, Mr. Narendra Modi. He has been chosen as the Prime Ministerial candidate to represent the BJP in the election. The ineffective yet long rule of Congress offered plenty of opportunity to the BJP to strengthen their place as the main opposition party. Their internal disputes and slack reaction against the wrong-doer Nitin Gadkari has robbed their chance of glory. The future of BJP now rests solely on the performance of Modi at the election poles. According to the survey records of Nielson 36% people consider Modi to be the best candidate for the post of Prime Minister.
He has gained great popularity among the middle class people of India. In the past he had been accused for staying inactive during the communal riots in Gujarat in the year 2002. In this riot around 1000 Muslim people were killed. He is still criticized for it but his public relation managers and party workers have been successful in building a positive image for him. His achievements as the chief minister of Gujarat has raised expectation among the middle class Indians that Modi will bring great positive economical changes in the entire nation when he gets elected.
It is a well known fact that the leaders of BJP were not in agreement regarding the selection of Narendra Modi as their electoral candidate for the post of Prime Minister. But all the objections were overruled by the President of BJP, Rajnath Singh. The polling and surveying conducted by Nielsen shows that Modi is ahead of the other favorite electoral candidate Rahul Gandhi in popularity. It seems that solvency and economical improvement are the only concerns of the public and they do not really care for democracy or communal harmony. Modi has decided to use the fame of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to challenge the Nehru Gandhi front. He has just launched a $338 million project of building a statue of the legendary freedom fighter and leader. The statue of Vallabhbhai will be taller than the Statue of Liberty. It is evident that Narendra Modi is using Hindutva and corporate development as the means to impress the Indians.