More than a week after speaking out against Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the choice of candidate from Bhopal, veteran BJP leader Babulal Gaur has now indirectly objected to the chief minister’s presence on hoardings saying the space should only be occupied by Narendra Modi and the party’s symbol, the lotus.
Gaur told The Indian Express he has suggested the party stick only to the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in hoardings because the general elections are being fought under his name. “Jai Jai Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi” should be the new slogan he said.
In the last few days, large hoardings with Jan Jan Ki Aawaj, Delhi Me Modi, Pradesh Me Shivraj on top and Abki Bar Delhi Mein Bhajapa ki sarkar at the bottom have been put up across Bhopal by the state unit.
Another hoarding, “Pradesh se bhedbhav nahi sweekar, Abki bar Modi sarkar”, which is closer in content to the party’s national slogan, are also on display in Bhopal.
The recent outburst by Gaur, chief minister of the state for more than a year before being replaced in 2005 by Chouhan, stems from the party’s decision to field Alok Sanjar from Bhopal, ignoring the claim of his daughter-in-law and mayor Krishna Gaur.