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Congress hopes to recreate Chak de magic

The Congress, out of power from Gujarat for as many as 17 years, hopes to recreate the magic of the Shahrukh Khan starrer Chak de at the ballot.

india Updated: Nov 06, 2007 13:30 IST

Will Chak de do it for the Congress in the Narendra Modi-ruled Gujarat in the Assembly polls next month?

This has been a major debating point in the state known as BJP's Hindutva laboratory amidst signals that 2007 is not 2002.

The Congress, out of power from the key western state for as many as 17 years, hopes to recreate the magic of the Shahrukh Khan starrer Chak de at the ballot.

The opposition party is relying on 'Chak De Congress' stickers to spread its message and it has virtually become a mantra for the party in the 'do or die' battle in which Modi has certainly become an issue.

In fact, AICC General Secretary, Digvijay Singh who recently visited the central Gujarat region, a saffron stronghold of which Godhra is also a part said that the chief minister has become an issue because of his "arrogance".

He feels that Modi's support base is primarily in the urban middle class.

Seeking to cash in on the Chak De popularity, the Congress has adopted it as its main election slogan with its campaign vehicles bearing the message 'Chak de Gujarat-Chak de Congress'.

The party has also parodied the title song of the film which it plans to play at its public meetings in the run up to the upcoming December elections.

The party has decided to give a Toyota Innova to each of its 200 block presidents and some other leaders with an aim to boost its campaign in the tough battle against Narendra Modi.

For the purpose, the party has hired 300 such big-bodied vehicles, all in grey colour with 'Chak de Congress' stickers and a party tricolour on it.

The assembly elections are scheduled in Gujarat on December 11 and 16.