Ahmedabad. This year’s assembly elections in Gujarat are likely to be one of the toughest for the opposition Congress. Congress faces two challenges of defending its grassroots parties such as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), including the challenge of defeating the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to Prime Minister Narendra. Modi’s home state has been. Parties like the AAP and AIMIM have become very active in Gujarat and are trying to prepare their political ground.
However, a spokesman for the Gujarat unity of Congress has stated that people will vote for his party in the Gujarat elections at the end of the year as the general public of the state is fed up with the “bad government” of the BJP that has been going on for more than two decades, is already over. But political observers believe Congress is struggling with internal struggles in Gujarat, aside from the lack of strong local leaders and active workers. Noting that Congress has not been able to win the assembly elections in Gujarat since 1995, Suresh Samani, a political observer living in Rajkot, told PTI: “It will be one of the toughest elections for Congress in Gujarat. “.
Congress had won 77 seats in the 2017 election
He said in 2017 Congress had won 77 seats in the 182-member assembly and a large number of people voted in favor of Congress. People in rural Gujarat had expressed their faith in Congress. The BJP returned to power with 99 seats. Suresh Samani said: “At the time of the 2017 elections, the farming community was not happy because it was not getting a good price for the product of its harvest. In the last five years, the state BJP government has bought all agricultural products, including commercial crops such as peanuts, at a reasonable price below the minimum support price (MSP) The rural population now has nothing to complain about.
“The party’s position is weak even in its own bastion of Congress”
He said urban middle class and upper middle class voters have stood firm with the BJP for several reasons, including Hindutva, despite rising inflation. “Therefore, Congress’ plan to strengthen its base in the urban areas of the state is not likely to be very successful, ”Samani said. The party’s position in the north and some tribal areas of Gujarat, considered a bastion of Congress, has also weakened, as many of its unconditional supporters have joined the BJP in the past five years. According to Samani, internal conflicts in Congress and the lack of active workers are also a cause for concern for the party.
AAP and AIMIM increased the problems of Congress
The other challenge to Congress are parties such as the AAP led by Arvind Kejriwal and the AIMIM led by Asaduddin Owaisi, which are trying to enter the traditional congressional voting bench by continuously consolidating their position in Gujarat. National Party convener Aam Aadmi and Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, has held several rallies in Gujarat in recent times and has called on people not to vote for him, addressing Congress. Kejriwal says Congress does not have the capacity to defeat the BJP. In Gujarat, the AAP is trying to give tough competition to the BJP.
Congress can give tough competition to the BJP …
The Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) of Chhotu Vasava has also announced an alliance with the AAP to take over the Congress for tribal votes. AIMIM chief Owaisi recently visited Ahmedabad, Vadgam in northern Gujarat and some Muslim-dominated constituencies in Kutch with the aim of seducing the minority community. Owaisi is trying to strengthen his party’s position in Gujarat. At the same time, another political observer Hari Desai believes that Congress can give a hard fight to the BJP if it focuses on the Kham polling station (Kshatriya, Harijan, Adivasi and Muslim) and also on the dissatisfied Patel community.
“Gujarat people are fed up with BJP”
Gujarat unity spokesman for the Congress, Manish Doshi, said, however, that the people of Gujarat are fed up with the “arrogance and misgovernment” of the BJP for more than two decades and this will be reflected in the elections in the ‘2022 assembly when they vote against the ruling party. do. Doshi said: “Congress has drawn up a strategy and the central leadership of the party is watching everything closely and telling us what policy should be adopted in the elections.” We have decided to make this election a fight against the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel, and the President of the BJP State Unit, CR Patil. He said Congress does not want to hold these elections Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the face of opposition.
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FIRST PUBLICATION: July 10, 2022, 8:08 PM IST