Political excitement has intensified regarding the Gujarat Assembly elections. The Congress, which has been facing exile for the past three decades in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, is also facing many political challenges this time. On one hand BJP has established itself in the state like Angad and on the other Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal is wooing people with free promises. Meanwhile, amid a stampede of leaders leaving the Congress, Rahul Gandhi steps down to sound the horn of the Gujarat elections on Monday.
Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Gujarat
Ahead of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, Rahul Gandhi is on a day-long visit to give a leg up to the Gujarat Assembly election campaign. Rahul will attend the prayer meeting of Sabarmati Ashram here and seek the blessings of Mahatma Gandhi. After this, Rahul Gandhi will address the ‘Parivartan Sankalp’ conference of the ‘stand warriors’ of the Congress on the banks of the Sabarmati river. Rahul’s Gujarat tour comes at a time when the Congress is beset by many difficulties. In some ways, the BJP remains a political challenge, so Kejriwal is desperate to be an alternative to the Congress.
Stampede of leaders in Congress
The situation of the Congress in the state is getting worse day by day. The party has neither a political base nor a strong leader. The Congress had managed to win 77 seats in 2017 but could not retain them. In the last five years, about 16 Congress MLAs have left the party and joined the BJP. The BTP, which fought the 2017 elections along with the Congress, has also chosen a different path this time and tied up with the Aam Aadmi Party. For the Congress, this time the elections seem to be the most difficult.
Rahul Gandhi is visiting Gujarat amid political challenges, where besides addressing booth workers, he will also hold a meeting with party leaders. This time, the whole aim of the Congress is to mobilize the Congress workers for the upcoming elections, for which Rahul Gandhi’s visit has been outlined. Rahul will start the party’s election campaign here. However, Rahul had earlier visited Gujarat on May 10 when he addressed the tribal society in Dahod town.
Congress Gujarat Election Plan
Gujarat Congress in-charge Raghu Sharma said that the Congress has prepared a three-month campaign for the Gujarat Assembly elections, in which both Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi will participate in the programmes. He said the party has set a target of September 15 to release the first list of candidates. He expressed confidence in winning 125 seats in the 182-member state assembly.
In view of this, Rahul Gandhi’s visit has been kept ahead of India Jodo Yatra. During this, he will hold a meeting with state leaders and also discuss the selection of candidates for the assembly elections. Only after that the first meeting of the Congress election committee will be held and the selection committee will also meet. In this way, it is believed that on September 30 Congress will be able to declare its list, which may contain the names of 30 to 40 candidates.
BJP political laboratory
Gujarat is considered the political laboratory of the BJP. The BJP has been in power in the state since 1995. After the resignation of Keshubhai Patel, Modi became the Chief Minister of Gujarat for the first time in October 2001 and remained the Chief Minister of was for more than 12 years until he became prime minister in May 2014, but now he is too. saying that after Modi’s move to Delhi, the BJP weakened in the state. Signs of this were seen in the 2017 elections, but five years ago, the BJP kept its stronghold strong by conserving energy.
Gujarat, the home state of Modi-Shah
Gujarat is the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. In this situation BJP leaves no room. This time in Gujarat, BJP is going all out to come to power for the sixth time in a row, but it is also facing the challenge of anti-incumbency. BJP’s anti-incumbency wave may be more worried because its seats had come down to less than a hundred in 2017. In this situation, BJP has changed the entire government to deal with the anti-incumbency wave.
Triangular match in Gujarat
We tell you that for more than two and a half decades, the BJP has been in power in Gujarat. So far there has been a BJP vs Congress contest in Gujarat, but this time the Aam Aadmi Party has come down and made it a triangular fight. Kejriwal is currently concentrating more on the Gujarat elections than Himachal Pradesh. Kejriwal is continuously touring Gujarat one after the other. He has visited Gujarat four times in the month of August, while in the last four months he has also campaigned for the party in the state more than half a dozen times.
What is your strategy in Gujarat?
The Aam Aadmi Party is currently working on the same strategy in the Gujarat elections, on the basis of which the government was formed first in Delhi and then in Punjab. The four major pillars of the AAP model are good education, good health, free electricity and employment for the youth. In the Gujarat elections, AAP has described these aspects as its “guarantees”. If he has promised to provide free electricity to Gujarat, he has promised to provide 10 thousand jobs to the youth. Apart from this, a promise has been made to give an allowance of three thousand rupees to the unemployed.
What a concern for Congress
In fact, in the 2017 assembly elections, the performance of the Congress also improved and won 77 seats and the BJP could not cross the 100 seats mark. The BJP got around 49 percent of the votes, while the Congress got around 41 percent of the votes. In this situation, there was a struggle of thorns. The Congress is believed to be strong in rural Gujarat, but after the coup by the Aam Aadmi Party, the contest is now considered triangular. Because of this, there is the danger of political damage to Congress. That is why the Congress has come up with a strategy to keep the Gujarat elections in the hands of the Congress against the BJP so that the AAP stays out of the electoral battle. In such a situation, it is necessary to see how successful this effort of Congress is?