New Delhi, Oct 6: with the EC announcing dates for Gujarat assembly elections, the political temperature has suddenly gone up not only in Gujarat but the entire country. The reason being that this is not going to be any other assembly election. The outcome of Gujarat will decide the fate of Narendra Modi's prime ministerial ambitions and will, most probably, set the stage for 2014 elections.
If Modi wins comprehensively then his claim for NDA's PM candidature will get further boost and Congress will definitely not like its Yuvraj Rahul Gandhi competing directly with Modi in 2014 general elections.
Therefore, Congress will try its best to stop Modi juggernaut in Gujarat this time. But does the Congress have enough weapons in its stock that can pour cold water over Modi's prime ministerial dreams?
Narendra Modi is seeking people's mandate in the state for third time in a row. He took over as CM in 2001 after Keshubhai Patel had to resign in the wake of internal rebellion instigated and overtly supported by Shankar Singh Vaghela.
Modi won 2002 and 2007 assembly elections with a thumping majority. And now Modi is asking his electorate to romp him home for third consecutive time.