Hardik Patel, the younger Patidar group chief who’s now a BJP candidate, in the present day mentioned his former get together Congress has no imaginative and prescient for Gujarat. “Rahul Gandhi has been busy with his ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in the South,” he mentioned, urgent on the truth that the Congress prime chief’s marquee march is not passing via poll-bound Gujarat. The Congress “never stops anyone from leaving”, he instructed NDTV, and jibed that the get together “does not need Gujaratis”.
Contesting his first election — having lately joined the ruling BJP after quitting as Gujarat Congress Working President — he denied that the concern of being jailed over pending instances, together with some from the time of the Patidar quota agitation, made him change sides.
“I still have 32 cases on me. If you think joining a party will relieve me from that, then that’s not it. Law and courts are independent,” mentioned the 29-year-old, who didn’t contest earlier elections as he didn’t fulfil the minimum-age criterion of 25.
“I had to take a decision as the Congress was consistently speaking against Gujaratis. I told them not to speak against businesspeople,” he mentioned, and reiterated his assertion that the state unit of the get together “hesitated” in donating in direction of Ram Temple development in UP’s Ayodhya.
“If you don’t take a stand on issues that concern Gujarat’s people, how will they like you?”
When he was leaving the Congress earlier this 12 months, he mentioned, nobody tried stopping him: “The Congress doesn’t need people like us who are hardworking. It just wants sycophants.”
He denied that switching events means altering his ideology. “What is ideology? Nothing but a spirit of public service. I have the same ideology from the start,” he mentioned, drawing a household reference to the BJP, “My father helped establish the BJP in the Viramgram region. He was an office-bearer of the party.”
On Viramgram, itemizing why he thinks he’ll win the seat that is had a Congress MLA for 10 years now, Hardik Patel mentioned he is banking on native anti-incumbency and “the people’s increasing trust in PM Narendra Modi and the BJP”.
“People have anger within them regarding the Congress,” he mentioned, including that there is no anti-incumbency in opposition to the BJP authorities of 27 consecutive years.
About group arithmetic, he mentioned the Patel-Patidar group has “always been the vote bank of the BJP”. “Even when there was an agitation in 2017 (elections), 60 per cent of the Patidars voted for the BJP, because they cannot trust the Congress,” he claimed.
He dismissed the concept this time AAP might make it a triangular contest. “The BJP is winning over 150 (of the 182) seats. We don’t care if the AAP and Congress fight each other,” he mentioned, sticking to the get together line.
He acknowledged that price-rise and joblessness could possibly be points, however attributed these to “national and global economic scenario”. He mentioned, “The BJP has made earnest efforts. Gujarat is till the best in generating jobs.”
Asked in regards to the Morbi bridge collapse that killed over 130 individuals final month, he mentioned if anybody is discovered to have induced it as a result of negligence or corruption, “exemplary punishment should be given”.
Meanwhile, the Congress, which has had some rallies by Rahul Gandhi as a part of its low-key marketing campaign, says the comparatively muted push will seize a “strong undercurrent”.
Milind Deora, the get together’s observer for the state polls, instructed information company PTI, “In the 2017 polls, there were issues such as the Patidar agitation, demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax, which led to public demonstrations against the government.”
This time, he mentioned, there’s a very “strong undercurrent” of anti-incumbency in opposition to the state authorities and the Congress is finishing up a really localised, personalised and orthodox marketing campaign, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi alluded to.
The Congress had elevated its share to win 99 of the 182 seats final time, although later quite a few its MLAs resigned and left.
Voting this time is on December 1 and 5, and outcomes are to be out on December 8, together with these of Himachal Pradesh which votes on November 12.