Ahmedabad. In Gujarat, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has appointed Bhupendra Patel as the Chief Minister in place of Vijay Rupani. With a little over a year left for the state elections, it is clear that the BJP is trying to bring the mighty Patel community along in the state. At the same time, the party does not want to ignore the feedback received about former CM Rupani. The concern of the BJP about the upcoming elections is clearly understandable. In the 2017 elections, there was a 40 percent jump in the vote percentage of the Congress. Not only this, the party was a few seats behind the BJP. The trio of Jignesh Mevani, Hardik Patel and Alpesh Thakor worked. Even after this, Hardik helped the Congress in the state. But now his magic is fading away. Thakor has already left the party.
Rahul Gandhi had visited the state in 2017 to reach out to tribals, farmers, Patels and all important sections. He shunned any controversial and personal issues. Congress had given the slogan of ‘Vikas Gando Thayo Che’ (Development has gone mad) in the state.
Party cadre sad!
However, this time the party cadre is looking sad. Ahmed Patel’s absence before the elections is also hurting the people. After Patel’s aggressive victory in the Rajya Sabha elections, there was a perception that the Congress could move ahead in the state. However, the party cadre is hopeful that the circumstances will change. Sources say that this is the reason why Rahul Gandhi is paying special attention to Gujarat, he feels that the BJP’s defeat in the PM’s home state will be the biggest setback for him before the 2024 elections. After the death of state in-charge Rajiv Satav, the search for a new in-charge is on in his place.
Sources say that Rahul Gandhi wants some fast person to take charge. In this regard, the name of Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel was proposed. Rahul had proposed that Baghel take over the work of Congress in Gujarat. Although Baghel remains on the post of CM of Chhattisgarh, the search for the new in-charge of the state is on.
On the other hand, former Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan and PCC Chief Sachin Pilot can also be named as in-charge of Gujarat. It is believed that a sharp person like him can work in Gujarat. Along with this, while being in charge of Gujarat, he will not remain the cut off of Rajasthan.
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