Narendra Modi caught on the wrong foot and L.K. Advani in a skullcap is what greeted people on Sunday morning here. An eight-column advertisement was splashed across local newspapers that claimed to show the real face of these ‘pseudo Hindutva protagonists’.
The ad, seeking to ‘unmask’ the two saffron leaders, was brought out by BJP rebels under the Sardar Patel Utkarsh Samiti on the day central and north Gujarat went to polls.
It shows Advani wearing a skullcap appreciating a dancer during his infamous Pakistan trip when he had praised Mohammad Ali Jinnah. A circle around his head emphasises the point as the caption reads ‘deceiving the people in the name of Hindutva’.
On the other side of the page is a photograph of Modi performing an aarti with his shoes on. The photograph, taken during one of the many inaugurations the chief minister had undertaken as part of his extravagant celebrations, was earlier published in some local newspapers too.
Here, too, there is a circle around Modi’s feet, with the caption saying: “one who deceives people in the name of Hindutva is doing aarti with his boots on”.
The vertical space between the Advani and Modi photographs are joined by a caption: Jeva guru, jeva chela (like guru, like disciple).
The Samiti has released another ad in the next page reminding the people that the chief minister and the government had forgotten to pay tributes to Sardar Patel on his death anniversary on Saturday. The chief minister frequently invokes Sardar Patel’s name in his speeches highlighting the pride of Gujarat (Gujarat ni asmita), but he did not go to garland his statue on his death anniversary, says the ad.