Municipal polls test for Modi after arrest of his aide Shah

Forthcoming elections of six municipal corporations in Gujarat will be a test for Chief minister Narendra Modi, who is under criticism over the alleged fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh.

Ahmedabad: Forthcoming elections of six municipal corporations in Gujarat will be a test for Chief minister Narendra Modi whose party has been facing crisis of credibility following arrest of his trusted aide Amit Shah in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case by CBI.

The six municipal corporations, which consists of major urban areas of the state like Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar are going to polls
after October this year.

Modi, who has earlier managed to convert such adversities in electoral gains, had after the arrest of Shah said that Congress has accepted defeat in the coming municipal
corporations` polls and will have to field CBI officials as candidates for the local bodies poll.

"People of Gujarat know that the charges against Amitbhai Shah are fabricated on the behest of Congress which is using CBI as a tool to settle political scores," BJP party
general secretary and MP Vijay Rupani said.

"This is an attempt by the Congress to win minority vote bank which will boomerang on it," he said, adding the party is ready for the elections in municipal corporations.

The Congress is however of the opinion that the BJP government has been exposed with the arrest of Shah by CBI.

"Though local issues stand prominent in the municipal corporation polls, the BJP government, led by Modi, is exposed after the arrests of Shah," Congress leader Arjun Modhvadia said.

"Till now this government used to say that it is a clean government and used to brag of its Hindutva credentials. But now it has been exposed that they used to run extortion
racket using criminals and they did not hesitate to kill Prajapati in a fake encounter who was a Hindu," Modhvadia added.
"Not only the people of Gujarat but BJP party worker are also miffed at the exposure of CBI," he further said.

CBI has arrested Shah and charged him with murder, extortion and kidnapping in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter and disappearance of his wife Kausar Bi.

Before the high-pitched Gujarat Assembly elections in 2007, Congress President Sonia Gandhi had raised Soharabuddin Sheikh issue by indirectly calling Modi `maut ka saudagar`.
Modi had used this statement of Gandhi for his political advantage by saying that this was against the Gujarati pride and had comfortablly won the elections.