BJP star Amin woos his own, mocks the party he just left
Listed among theBJP’s star campaigners, Amin addressed six election meetings in Bhavnagar district on Monday. Congress Legislature Party leader Gohil, with whom Amin had worked closely for several years, is contesting from Bhavnagar Rural. Modhwadia is contesting from Porbandar, where Amin’s meeting was cancelled on Sunday, but he included the state Congress chief in Monday’s speech.
“Modhwadia and Gohil present themselves as the Congress’s top leaders,” Amin said in Sihor, part of Gohil’s seat. “But they cannot even drink water without permission from Delhi.”
There was a time when Amin was the Congress’s face in Saurashtra as the party launched a 12-point vision programme there. He is now the BJP’s answer to its rivals in Saurashtra and South Gujarat.
On Saturday, he had addressed rallies in Saurashtra’s Gondal, Virpur, Keshod and Junagadh, all dominated by his Leuva Patel community and Keshubhai’s stronghold. In Junagadh, Amin played the community card: “The Congress has never treated the Leuva Patel community well.”
Sunday brought a setback, however, with three of his meetings in Saurashtra cancelled at the last moment. The state BJP media cell had announced the programme but local BJP leaders in
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