Gujarat Assembly Elections: As the political heat for the Gujarat Assembly Elections 2022 increases, so does the political uproar. While the BJP is trying to maintain its winning streak in Gujarat, the Congress is trying to end the exile from power it has been facing for two-and-a-half decades. Meanwhile, this time the Aam Aadmi Party, which came out to try its electoral luck, is busy in full force.
If we look at the political turmoil in the month of July in the midst of the election campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Amit Shah came to Gujarat for the second time, while no senior Congress leader has called this month. At the same time, on behalf of the Aam Aadmi Party, Delhi’s Arvind Kejriwal, while giving a political message at the Somnath temple, pledged to provide 300 units of free electricity.
PM Modi’s visit to Gujarat
Prime Minister Modi is visiting Gujarat for the second consecutive day on Friday. Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone for projects worth Rs 1,000 crore of Sabar Dairy at Gandhoda Chowki in Sabarkantha, Gujarat. At the same time, Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the International Bullion Exchange at the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City in Gandhinagar on Friday. At the same time, the foundation stone of the headquarters building of the International Financial Services Center will also be laid. Amit Shah and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will also attend this programme.
This is PM Modi’s second visit to Gujarat in July, before arriving in Gandhinagar on July 4. The ‘Digital India Week 2022’ was inaugurated in Gandhinagar. Thus, PM Modi has visited Gujarat seven times in the last five months. Modi is trying to create a political atmosphere with his visit. Especially PM Modi is focusing on tribal and rural areas of Gujarat.
Modi’s focus on tribal votes
Giving away the Sabar Dairy projects in Sabarkantha on Thursday, Modi said that for the first time the country’s daughter from the tribal society has attained India’s highest constitutional office. The country has made Draupadi Murmu as its president. This is a moment of great pride for over 130 million Indians. Our government has declared the birth anniversary of Lord Birsa Munda Ji on November 15 as Tribal Pride Day. Our government is also building a special museum in the memory of tribal freedom fighters across the country.
Modi’s seventh visit in five months
Let us tell you that Gujarat is the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Hence, victory or defeat in Gujarat will be seen connecting both the leaders. In this situation, Modi does not want to leave any kind of leeway. From March till now, PM Modi has visited Gujarat seven times and every time he has visited Gujarat, he has definitely given some gift or the other.
He arrived in Ahmedabad on March 11, the second day after the UP election results were announced. After that, on April 18, he arrived for a three-day tour. Modi also flagged off several development projects on 28 May and addressed the tribal assembly on 10 June. From this it is clear that this time BJP is focusing all on the tribal community vote bank which is considered as the core voters of Congress. The tribal community is the second largest vote bank in Gujarat after Patel. In this situation, BJP leaves no chance to cultivate the tribals.
Kejriwal bows his head at Somnath temple
After the victory in the Punjab Assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party’s focus is on Gujarat. AAP convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visits Gujarat every month. This month on July 21, Kejriwal visited the Somnath temple in Gujarat and gave an assurance to provide 300 units of free electricity if the government is formed in the state and also said that there will be no power cut electricity in Gujarat. This is the first assurance of the Aam Aadmi Party in the state. Kejriwal said we know how to work, we have done it in Delhi and our intention is to work.
Big Congress leaders are not visible in Gujarat
The Congress is not showing the same enthusiasm as in the assembly elections of 2017. Rahul Gandhi had arrived in the month of June on his tour to Gujarat to participate in the Satyagraha programme. During this, he addressed the tribal community along with holding a meeting with Congress leaders. After that he still hasn’t visited. In the month of July, no senior Congress leader came for the Gujarat tour. However, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was proposed to visit Gujarat on July 20, where he was to hold a meeting in view of the assembly elections.
Sonia Gandhi was scheduled to appear for questioning at the ED on July 21, after which Gehlot canceled his Gujarat tour and left for Delhi. In Delhi, he had to prepare a strategy for the anti-ED protests. In this situation, Gehlot also could not make it to the meeting regarding the Gujarat elections. Congress has left Gujarat entirely to party in-charge Raghu Sharma.
How important for Congress-BJP
Let us tell you that the BJP has been in power in Gujarat continuously since 1995, while the Congress is facing political exile. Modi became the Chief Minister of Gujarat for the first time in October 2001 after the resignation of Keshubhai Patel. He was the chief minister of the state for more than 12 years until he became the chief minister in May 2014. Since then it is said that he will not be able to shake the BJP from here but now it is also said that after the Modi’s move to Delhi, the BJP has weakened in the state. Indications of this were received even before the 2017 elections.
Congress was commanded by Rahul Gandhi and Gehlot was the election strategist. Rahul created such an atmosphere by continuously visiting Gujarat that the BJP could not cross the 100 mark.Congress performance has also been good but this time you can’t see the enthusiasm of Congress. In such a situation, it must be seen whether the Congress can be warmed by the electoral heat or will be seen fighting in the same electoral battle?