Karnal: While Bharatiya Janata Party rode high on the Narendra Modi wave in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the party is not shying away from keeping him at the forefront even in the forthcoming Haryana elections. While rivals are questioning BJP's move of relying on the Modi wave yet again, the candidates of the Prime Minister's party are hoping to ride on it to victory.
BJP candidate from Karnal Manohar Lal Khattar, who is being called an 'outsider' by the rivals says there's no running away from the fact that his party is highlighting Modi. "Why should we not ride on the Modi wave? It's because of him that we have a single party government at the Centre. I would keep Modi at the forefront even in the smallest of elections," Khattar said.
Khattar, who was an RSS worker earlier, calls himself a serviceman. Addressing a public meeting in Karnal, he credited the 'serviceman' tag too to Modi. "Modi calls himself a sevak and not a PM. That is why, all of us in the BJP too are now sevaks," Khattar said.
While Khattar is confident that the Modi wave will help the BJP in the Assembly elections too, his rival and Congress candidate Surender Singh says the Modi wave is over. However, some people in Karnal backed Khattar saying they wanted to give more power to Modi. For many of them, the Modi wave still existed. As people go to vote on October 15, it will also be clear if the Modi wave can help an 'outsider' become Karnal MLA.