Modi wave bigger than ever in Gujarat, BJP hopeful of huge majority

Presently CricketInFocus team is on election tour in Gujarat. Gujarat is the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel. Apart from this, this land also belongs to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Who have made Gujarat developed by decorating and beautifying it due to their deeds. PM Modi is moving forward with a resolve to make India a developed nation. In these 10 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done many things which were considered impossible till now. Therefore today if Modi is there then it is possible, this is not an election slogan but has become a reality. Election campaign for the third phase is in full swing in the country. Now elections are to be held on 25 seats in Gujarat. Out of 26 seats, BJP candidates have been elected unopposed from one seat, Surat.

Leaders of all the parties in the state are putting their full strength in the campaign. CricketInFocus’s team visited all the parliamentary constituencies and saw the thoughts of the people, the zeal and enthusiasm of the BJP workers. His commitment towards the slogan of 400 Paar was also seen. During this, he also met Congress leaders and workers. Attitude of the people of Gujarat: BJP has been dominant in every parliamentary election in Gujarat since 1989. Especially in 2014 and 2019, BJP had won all 26 seats. This election also seems to be no different because perhaps the fastest and biggest Modi wave is going on in Gujarat so far. BJP’s 2022 victory has been recorded as one of the biggest victories of any party in the history of assembly elections in India. In this Lok Sabha election, BJP has won the Surat seat unopposed in Gujarat. After which Congress has claimed that opposition candidates are dropping out because there is no democracy in Gujarat.

Congress has started calling BJP the killer of democracy but Congress is not noticing the competition among its leaders, workers and MLAs to leave the party and join BJP. The real reason for this is that people are not able to secure their future in Congress. Be it Arjun Modhwadia, who served Congress for decades or the MLAs from South and North Gujarat who left Congress and joined BJP, all say that the anti-Sanatan face of Congress is the biggest obstacle in the way of our progress. The people of Gujarat are very religious and they feel that if anyone is working to protect religion and culture along with development, it is BJP only. The construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya is making the people here very happy. Apart from this, almost every house in Gujarat will have someone in its family associated with BJP in some way or the other. In Gujarat, especially in both the seats of Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad, within a few hours it becomes clear that the question here is not about BJP’s victory but about its victory margin. There is no one here who talks about any other party other than BJP. Despite its strong position and the structural infrastructure being developed up to the booth level, BJP is trying 24 hours to win the elections.

People discuss during political gossip at tea shops in the state that Congress candidates are opting out because they are not ready to become political scapegoats. Given the humiliating margins that Congress candidates have to face, the party is also struggling to find candidates. Despite all the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat, the people of Muslim community are clearly against BJP. He feels that the biggest role in the party’s victory is not the popularity of Modi or the development of BJP but the setting of EVMs. Apart from this, there has also been an attempt to create caste tension during this election in Gujarat. So that BJP can be prevented from winning 100 percent seats twice in a row. Politicians also keep caste equations in mind while addressing Tunavi rallies.

Union Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Minister and Rajya Sabha member Purushottam Rupala’s comments on Kshatriyas have been the biggest issue in this election. After Godhra, Gujarat had adjusted to a new reality in which all castes came under the larger umbrella of religion. Caste issues would have rarely come up during Narendra Modi’s tenure as Chief Minister but the situation has changed after he moved to Delhi. It was only after Modi went to Delhi that various communities started reorganizing to extract maximum benefits from power. Patel reservation movement, Dalit movement and the show of strength of Thakurs in 2016-17 are examples of this. However, this movement has come under control after Hardik Patel and Alpesh Thakur, two of the three main people behind the caste movement, joined BJP. Patel belongs to the powerful Patidar community which has been the mainstay of BJP’s success since the 1980s. It is said that the rise of BJP in Gujarat is largely due to the Patels. Former Congress Chief Minister Madhav Singh Solanki said that the Patels had whole-heartedly supported the saffron party in protest against the social engineering formula. After Rupala’s statement on Kshatriyas and Rajputs, the political situation has definitely become a bit difficult for BJP.

BJP has fielded Rupala from Rajkot constituency of Saurashtra. Where caste issues dominate. Therefore, after Rupala’s controversial statement came to light, Rajputs protested strongly demanding cancellation of her candidature. However, the protesters expressed their loyalty towards BJP and said that they have no problem with Modi. Concerned about this situation, Rupala went to Delhi and in some meetings there he was given the mantra of victory. After which he returned with full confidence and threw himself completely into the campaign. As soon as he filed his nomination, it became very clear that BJP was not going to bow down to the demands of the Kshatriya protesters. BJP supported Rupala at the cost of angering a community because Kshatriya vote is not the basis of victory in any Lok Sabha seat of Gujarat. However, Kshatriyas can reduce the vote share of BJP. But they cannot become the reason for his defeat. The protestors who identified themselves as Rajputs within the larger Kshatriya group found almost no support from other aspiring Kshatriya castes like the Thakurs or Kohli. Thakur and Kohli together form the largest electoral group in Gujarat. If seen, efforts by organizations like Gujarat Kshatriya Sabha to unite all the sub-castes under one roof have never been successful.

When the GKS demanded integration for reservation benefits, they faced resistance from the erstwhile royal family. Who strongly opposed reservation, emphasizing their superior status. Later Thakur and Kohli were included as OBCs. The BJP felt no need to worry about any possible electoral fallout from the protests. In fact, these protests could not have disrupted the party’s plans the way the angry Patidars did after the quota movement. Which had reduced BJP’s numbers below 100 in the 182-seat Gujarat Assembly in the 2017 elections. This time, BJP’s support to Patel Rupala resulted in consolidation of Patidar votes in towns and villages. There was competition between Kshatriyas and Patels in the village. BJP got full support from the so-called lower castes in this election because the party did not bow down to the demands of the Kshatriyas. Apart from this, one more thing has been seen that the Rajput protesters could not mobilize resources the way the Patidars did during the reservation movement of 2015. Secondly, apart from trying its best to understand the Kshatriyas, the BJP also took the help of people from the former royal family to appeal to the protesters. Women in Gujarat, irrespective of age or class, their first choice is Modi. Modi appeared to be the first choice of businessmen and youth also. Because they feel that only he can make their future bright. The youth said that Modi’s schemes are making them capable of getting jobs instead of making them run after jobs. Modi is the biggest issue in Gujarat elections, all the issues appear small in front of his name. The people of Gujarat feel that their son Modi is running the country properly, hence they will stand with him in every situation.

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