New Delhi: The arrest of suspended IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt has been just one of the controversial decisions in Chief Minister Narender Modi's ten year long rule of Gujarat. A decade later, will his dreams of entering national politics come true?
For most politicians, this would go down as defiance. For Gujarat's CM, this is his charactersitic style. Offence has always been the best form of defence for Narendra Modi. As he marks his tenth straight year in power in Gujarat, it is this trait which has given him the mantle of an unbeatable leader in the state.
But despite a landslide victory in the last elections, Modi is still a long way off from realising his long cherished dream of being the BJP's face at the centre.
His latest face off with Sanjeev Bhatt is the symbol of how tough Modi's road really is for the future. Even within the Sangh Parivaar, there are many who are questioning whether Modi is simply a man in a hurry. His refusal to attend the BJP national executive meet and his former mentor LK Advani getting his latest rath yaatra flagged off by Modi's arch rival Nitish Kumar, adding to his woes.
On his own home turf in Ahemdabad, those who suffered during the riots of 2002, also not really buying the rhetoric of Modi.
Such criticism though has not managed to curb the growing number of his supporters from the capitalist class, lakhs and crores of rupees being pledged by top industrialists from India and other parts of the world. From the Tatas to the Ambanis, everyone has been a part of a chorus of Modi for PM's post. Experts though, still feel Modi story is still a well crafted illusion.
On the one hand, Modi image evokes extreme adulation on the other, it evokes an extreme negative sentiment. It's as if the state has remained divided between the pro vs anti-modi lines. Modi image remains as big a success as a failure.