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BJP in Gujarat hopes to drive on Nano fever in LS polls

BJP in Gujarat hopes to drive on Nano fever in LS polls
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First Published: Thu, Apr 09 2009. 03 44 PM IST

Updated: Thu, Apr 09 2009. 03 44 PM IST
Ahmedabad: People’s dream car - Nano - is being seen by the BJP as a potential medium to drive it to victory in the Lok Sabha polls in Gujarat as the saffron party is projecting its shifting to the state as a major achievement of the Modi government.
The party has decided to distribute the cardboard replicas of Nano car as part of its election campaign in the state. The replicas will also carry photographs of chief minister Narendra Modi.
“The BJP wants to remind people that the project was brought to Gujarat by our Government. It is likely to make Gujarat an auto hub and will also generate employment,” its spokesperson Jagdish Bhavasar said.
Party said that Modi brought the coveted Nano project beating several other states in the race to win the project.
The project was shifted to Sanand in Gujarat from Singur, West Bengal by Tata Motors following prolonged protests by the farmers there.
“We have got 25,000 cardboard replicas of Nano made and they will be distributed to voters during our campaign,” Bhavasar said.
Bookings for Nano began across the country on Thursday and will remain open till 25 April.
“There has been rush for booking in Ahmedabad and other cities of Gujarat,” those associated with Nano booking said.
The idea of distributing Nano replicas was generated by Gujarat BJP think-tank and it was readily approved by state leadership, party sources said.
The party, which is making the issue of development as its main poll plank in the coastal state, also plans to put such replicas on show in all of its offices, they said.
In Sanand, the work on establishment of the Nano car factory is going on in full swing. Tata Group has said they will be able to start production by the year-end.
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First Published: Thu, Apr 09 2009. 03 44 PM IST