The battle for Gujrat assembly elections in December has begun with Alpesh Thakor ,the OBC leader joining Congress in a rally in Gandhinagar in presence of Vice President Rahul Gandhi.
PM Narender Modiji’s greatest test and dilemma is to fight the broad anti BJP front coming together under the leadership of resurgent ,buoyant Rahul Gandhi .
He understands that the election of Gujrat is no cake walk for BJP anymore under the changed circumtances and one needs to work hard to retain the home turf.
Rahul Gandhi on the other hand is determined to dislodge BJP in Gujrat.
Congress has meticulously worked out a strategy and following the call by congress leader Bharatsinh Solanki to the young anti BJP caste leaders Hardik Patel of Patel Community, Jignesh Mevani and Alpesh Thakor , Dalit leadres, the Anti BJP Front was established.
Hardik and Mevani declared their support for the Congress; “we see Congress as the main opposition and the people should vote for it “ Mevani said.
Congress is refurbishing its image wearing a young look in Gujrat elections.
With 65% of Gujrat population below 35 years of age Rahul Gandhi rightly chooses to use youth power to dislodge BJP from the state.
Hardik Patel’s support would fetch Congress votes of Patels in addition to Dalits and Tribals.
In 2012 Assembly Congress had 38% votes and 61 seats against 116 of BJP. So a push of votes from Alpesh and Hardik could turn the tables in their favour.
Rahul Gandhi has reinvented himself by starting poll campaign from a Hindu Temple and he visited many more temples during his Gujrat stay thus re-assuring the people that Congress is not anti Hindu as being projected by its adversaries. As a matter of fact Congress was never anti Hindu but its firm belief in multi religious Idealogy has led some to deliberate as Hindu neglect.
Modiji is spending more time in Gujrat to embolden the state with projects worth hundred of crores to re-assure people that BJP stands with the people of Gujrat and would not shun them .
In fact BJP and his entourage Shri Amit Shah are making announcements of sops to bolster the slagging growth of state.
Amit shah has managed weaning over more than 70 members of PAAS ( Patel Amanant Andolan Samiti) including close aides of Hardik Patel – Varun Patel , Mahesh Patel have joined BJP to keep interests of Potidar Community afloat under the able stewardship of PM Modiji.
Ideally all these leaders of Patidar ,Dalits, Tribals are playing safe by joining either Congress or BJP so that they remain relevant in case of any eventuality.
Amit Shah and Modiji are fully aware how to twist the arms to win in their home state.
But having said so BJP knows they have a battle to fight on this time.
Firstly Congress is more confident as Rahul Gandhi has rightly succeeded in convincing people especially youth of Gujrat they deserve much better and only congress can do it.
Secondly Congress has taken full pains to placate
Aggrieved Hardik Patel , Alpesh Thakore , Jignesh Mevani by promising to include their grivances in manifesto and would receive full weightage. .
Thirdly Congress has won by polls , like Nanded in Maharashtra and Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab. with impressive margins.
Mr Modi needs to wake up and work hard to set to fulfill the promises made ,and genuinely govern the country with full gusto.
No seconds thoughts.
No” jumlon ki baarish” should really help.