'No one can win in Gujarat till the opposition is able to prove that Modi is a fake Hindu', said a Surat-based senior journalist who knew the PM well.
The government wanted demonetisation to combat three problems. None of them seem to have been solved.
Sitharaman, who is only the second woman defence minister in India's history, is expected to work closely with the Finance Minister to take key industry-related decisions
Gujarat is the only state where Modi is directly in contention. Even if he wins, the team that runs him closest has much to gain.