Somabhai Modi, the elder brother of BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi, believes his brother is the man India needs. Campaigning for him in Fatehgunj area of Vadodara on Wednesday, he tried to convince people to “make the right choice”.
Highlighting Modi’s Gujarat model, he said, “It is my wish to see Narendra in the post of PM because he is an able leader and has a vision for India. I urge people to motivate others to make this choice for India. I can assure you that no one will be able to come in the way of India’s progress, prosperity and peace if he is at the helm of administration of the country.” Somabhai’s interaction with people was closely watched by two officers of the surveillance team of the District Election Office, who were part of the audience.
Earlier this week, Somabhai held public meetings in the city to drum up support for his brother within the OBC community, barely two weeks before the constituency goes to polls. Party sources said Somabhai aims to make up for the absence of his brother from his own constituency as he is busy campaigning across the country. However, the older Modi said he is only performing his duty as a member of the Global Indian Bharat Vikas Mission 2014, formed by NRIs supporting Modi.
On Monday evening, Somabhai interacted with different sections of the society, assuring them his brother would be “the most progressive PM” for the country. “He will not only speak about, but also show how developed India can actually be once he becomes PM,” Somabhai told the packed audience.
While he did not speak on political lines, Somabhai requested the leaders of the OBC community to campaign for his brother. Apart from some BJP leaders and party workers, those present included VMC councillors Dr Girish Parekh and Prafulla Patel. Parekh said, “After many years, an OBC candidate has been brought forward to lead the country as the PM. It’s time for the community to come together and encourage voters to make Modi win.”
On Tuesday, Somabhai also campaigned for Modi in south Gujarat. “I joined the Global Indian Bharat Vikas Mission last August and people wanted me to meet community members in Vadodara. I have appealed to the people to vote for Modi’s able leadership and the response has been overwhelming. Apart from Vadodara, I have been campaigning across the state and the country. I have also visited Maharashtra and Hyderabad to meet communities there,” he said.