Is BJP Ready For Early Polls In Gujarat ?
As per the reports the ruling party BJP in Gujarat may opt for early assembly polls in the state, following the party’s landslide victory in the Uttar Pradesh election.
Assembly election in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state is due in December. But, there is a speculation that the polls could be advanced to July or September.
After asking the Chief Minister Vijay Rupani about the result of Gujarat assembly polls in the state, said the party had a five year term and it will be complete in Gujarat and the election will be held in December.
As per the reports anything can be possible in view of the political situation in Gujarat as winning the election in his home state would be crucial for Modi ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
After that decision will be taken by BJP chief AMit Shah and Modi. The party has come up with the ‘UP mein 325, Gujarat mein 150’ slogan, setting itself a target of winning 150 of the 182 Assembly seats in the state.
Preparation of elections already started and the banners and posters with slogan and photos of Modi and Shah have been distributed in the big cities.
The BJP party is facing several challenges in Gujarat, such as a disgruntled Patel community which wants OBC quota, Dalit resentment over cow vigilantism incidents, absence of a strong state-level leader after Modi left for Delhi and a continuing agrarian distress.
Besides, the BJP, which has ruled the state for 19 consecutive years, would also be facing anti-incumbency.