Gujarat polls: Gandhis stay safely away from Modi

Despite all provocations made by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress leadership did not bite the bait to take on the BJP leader directly.

"What will Sonia Gandhi know about running a household? How to cook and how much gas a house will need?" Modi said in an election rally recently.

Not taking the bait from Narendra Modi. PTI

While Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi made a token presence by addressing three rallies on the last day of campaign before the first phase of polls on Tuesday, party chief Sonia Gandhi too avoided comments like Maut ke Saudagar, which she had made against Modi in 2007. The comment badly misfired allowing Modi to rule the state for the second time, a CNN-IBN report said.

The Congress fears that a verbal duel with the Gujarat chief minister will work to his advantage.

The only threat to Modi is from Keshubhai Patel and his newly launched Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) that is likely to take away a huge chunk of the Leuva Patel votes in Saurashtra. The GPP is playing victims of Modi.

Keshubhai also focussed on the deteriorating law and order situation in Gujarat.

"The law and order situation in the state is worse than ever," Keshubhai told CNN-IBN. Saurashtra votes on the first phase of polls.

The state goes to polls on 13 and 17 December. The counting of votes is on 20 December.