The BJP, Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party have begun working out strategies for the Gujarat Assembly elections to be held later this year. Congress, which has spent 27 years in exile from power in Gujarat, awaits his return by rectifying its political equations. At the same time, the Aam Aadmi Party, which came to power by defeating Congress in Punjab, is also trying to capitalize on the name of Arvind Kejriwal. There is an anti-incumbent atmosphere in front of the BJP. However, just a few months ago, the BJP tried to stop the anti-incumbency wave by changing the Gujarat CM cabinet. Simply put, before entering the political arena, each master tries to raise the arrows of his carcass. But it looks like Congress has started digging a pit in Gujarat. Because, Congress is making some such decisions again, which may increase its difficulties. We find out what they are …
Congress has once again moved towards giving political advantage to the BJP by repeating the old mistakes.
The mistake of the “executive chairman” of Punjab and Uttarakhand was repeated
It seems that instead of learning from their mistakes, Congress always turns its back on them. Jagdish Thakor holds the position of President of the Congress in Gujarat. But despite this, Congress has appointed 7 working presidents in Gujarat. Pro-Congress MP Jignesh Mevani, MP Lalit Kagathra, MP Ritwik Makwana, MP Ambareesh Der, MP Himmat Singh Patel, Qadir Pirzada and Indervijay Singh Gohil have been appointed presidents of the state unit. Congress is believed to have played this bet on strengthening the social engineering formula. Because, these leaders from Dalit, OBC, Patel, Kshatriya and the Muslim community will help Congress establish its political voting bench. On paper, that decision also seems right.
But, let’s talk about the Punjab and Uttarakhand assembly elections held a few months ago. Thus, along with the president of the state Congress, the high command of the party had played the game of appointing the working president as well. What was seen as an attempt to end factionalism before the assembly elections. Well, in Punjab and Uttarakhand, Congress had only made four presidents in office. But looking at the list of 7 presidents working from Gujarat, it can be easily said that even in Gujarat, factionalism dominates the organization of Congress. Otherwise, what was the need to give the responsibility of working president separately to the leaders of Patels, Rajputs, Kshatriyas, Dalits, OBC and Muslim communities? Whereas, in Punjab and Uttarakhand, this factionalism was overwhelming for Congress.
I would like to thank the president of the congress smt.Sonia Gandhi ji, @RahulGandhi ji, @kcvenugopalmp ji i @jagdishthakorp ji to entrust me with the responsibility as labor president of INC Gujarat. I will not leave any stone unturned to promote and protect the interests of the Congress party. pic.twitter.com/K0YUkFQFAP
– Jignesh Mevani (@ jigneshmevani80) July 8, 2022
Despite this, instead of eliminating factionalism, Congress has given it more air. The decision to appoint Qadir Pirzada as working chairman for the Muslim community polling station and Jignesh Mevani for the Dalit polling station is understandable. But apart from these, all the working presidents are associated with some faction like Shakti Singh camp, Bharat Solanki camp and Jagdish Thakor camp. By the way, since the resignation of Hardik Patel, it was believed that the path of the elections to the Gujarat Assembly to be held at the end of the year would not be easy for the Congress. And efforts to bring election strategist Prashant Kishor to Congress had also failed. Therefore, it was believed that Congress would not repeat the mistake of Punjab and Uttarakhand, at least in Gujarat. But, it didn’t happen.
There will hardly be two opinions on the matter that all these leaders will camp to strengthen their respective factions. And, the political benefit of this fight will only go to BJP’s account. Because, because of this internal conflict, rather than winning the elections in the Gujarat assembly, strategies will be made to weaken the field of others. Not only that, as in Punjab and Uttarakhand, before the election, it can also start a fight in Gujarat to declare the face of the chief minister. Which will be detrimental to the party itself.
The “hand” of Congress is empty of trouble
In the 2017 Gujarat assembly elections, Congress fought the BJP hard on issues such as the agitation of Patidar and the mistreatment of Dalits in Una. That is why the BJP may have brought seats that are worth forming the government in Gujarat. But the number of BJP seats had reached 99. That was 115 in the last assembly elections. Not only that, the percentage of votes in Congress had also increased by about two and a half percent. But in the current Gujarat assembly elections, Congress sees no problem. On this, Hardik Patel, who was the leader of the Patidar movement, has also joined the BJP by giving the “hand” to Congress. Efforts to bring Naresh Patel, another leader of the Patidar community to Congress, have not yet borne fruit. Simply put, there is no problem in the hands of Congress at the moment.
Aam Aadmi Party will become a headache
After winning in Punjab, the enthusiasm of Aam Aadmi party supreme Arvind Kejriwal is in seventh heaven. And his election trips are continually happening in Gujarat. But if we talk about the top leadership in Congress, Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi are currently involved in the National Herald case. Meanwhile, Arvind Kejriwal has joined the BTP, a political party representing the tribal community, to strengthen the Aam Aadmi Party. Free schemes can also prove to be major arrows of Arvind Kejriwal’s electoral tremor.
At the same time, the Aam Aadmi Party is more likely to get votes than Congress as an election of voters who are angry with the BJP. Because the same thing happened in the Punjab. Therefore, there is no denying that the Aam Aadmi party will directly harm Congress itself if there are triangular elections. Meanwhile, the BJP will get its political benefit without asking for it. But despite this, there does not appear to be any special effort by Congress to stop the Aam Aadmi party.