AHMEDABAD: In a possibly embarrassing gaffe, the main opposition Congress has praised Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in an advertisement in this election year.
A pull-out by Congress, distributed with newspapers on the Republic Day in some parts of the state, features Modi's photograph, and describes him as "a master organiser and astute election strategist".
The two-page advertisement tries to say that Gujarat has been a progressive state from its birth, and seeks to highlight contribution of all the Chief Ministers of the state, including Modi.
State assembly elections are scheduled to be held in December, and campaigning has almost begun. With Thursday's pull-out, the opposition party seems to have committed a self-goal.
The advert informs the readers that "a master organiser, his party's topmost functionary and astute election strategist Shri Narendrabhai Modi became the Chief Minister of Gujarat on October 7 2001".
It then lists major achievements under Modi. "He has been trying very hard to convert Gujarat into a vibrant state, he has established separate department for biotechnology, and he has also been able to raise the height of Narmada dam from 11.64 mts to 121.92 mts.
"He has been organising Vibrant Gujarat investor summit every two years," it says, also taking note of Krishi Mohatsav, Navratri Mohatsav, Kite flying festival, Rann Ustav, Kakarai Carnival and drive for enrolment of students in schools, all Modi government initiatives.