Lok Sabha Elections 2024: BJP's Navneet Rana's challenge to 'Modi Wave' sparks row; Here's why

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Rana's advice to voters not to assume a "Modi wave" in the upcoming election has raised eyebrows.

Mayank Kasyap
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Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Navneet Rana, a familiar figure in Maharashtra politics, has transitioned from an independent Member of Parliament to securing a BJP ticket for re-election. However, her recent comments, particularly regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have sparked controversy within her own party.

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: 'Don't assume Modi wave'

Rana's advice to voters not to assume a "Modi wave" in the upcoming election has raised eyebrows, given BJP's heavy reliance on Modi's popularity for nationwide votes. She underscores the importance of grassroots campaigning, urging voters to cast their ballots based on their own convictions rather than any perceived wave.

"We must approach this election with the same intensity as a Gram Panchayat. All voters should reach the polling booths by 12 noon. Every vote counts. We shouldn't be under the illusion of a Modi wave," Rana remarked. While BJP typically adopts a "Modi-centric" campaign strategy nationwide, Rana's divergence from this narrative challenges the party's conventional rhetoric. Reflecting on her 2019 election victory despite facing significant opposition, she highlighted the power of independent candidates like herself.

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Earlier instance of going against BJP's narrative

Previously, Rana also took aim at BJP state president Chandrashekhar Bawankule for his remarks regarding her husband Ravi Rana's potential entry into the BJP. "Outsiders should refrain from interfering in the private matters of husband and wife," Rana asserted.