On 9th and 14th December 2017, the state of Gujarat goes to poll, and the polls might give us a new political drama and a new Chief Minister too. For the first in many months,it is not a cakewalk for the BJP camp. This election will be viewed as a test of Modi’s hold on his domain, his home state, and his backyard.
Of course, the political battle is between the Congress and BJP, this time; small ripples are also expected from Hardik Patel. The student leader had raised voice for reservations Patidar community. Born in Gujarat, he has brought forth the problems faced by his community for securing government jobs. For this cause, he has led many agitations and now enjoys a huge following from Patel community. There were a lot of efforts by the Congress party to work out a tie-up with him, but all that fell flat.
Gujarat Election is definitely a litmus test for Rahul Gandhi, the newly appointed president of the Congress (no surprise!!), he has gone wooing the voters; his visits to temples is seen as the strategy to show win over the Hindu community. Traditionally, Congress has always enjoyed solidarity and confidence of Muslim community which comprises of 9.6 percent of the state population. Just weeks ago, the party notched up a tie-up with Alpesh Thakor, who Congress feels might put the dent on the BJP march for 150 seats.
While it might not be termed as‘The battle of the Titans’ yet this will definitely testBJP‘s 20 years old rule on the state. Modi was the beloved CM, before his elevation to the country's; the state cannot ignore their son of the soil.But Modi has faced some backlash owing to demonetization, GST etc. the traders have incurred loses, GST not won them over.
Muslim, Dalit community have lost faith, they feel disillusioned and unsafe. A recent display of aggressive ‘Hindutva’ has done Modi’s image some corporal damage. Some of Shah’s brilliant strokes didn’t bear desired fruit like e.g., in Kerala.
It remains to be seen as to who will emerge victorious on Dec 18, the counting date.
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