Patidar community had made the way for BJP difficult in 2017
Hardik had led the movement, the seats of Congress increased
Patidar voters play a decisive role in 40 seats
Ahmedabad. In Gujarat, once again all eyes are on the small but influential Patidar (Patel) community. This community made it difficult for the ruling BJP to win the 2017 assembly elections. The impact of the movement of the Patidar community was seen in the last assembly elections. This movement was led by Hardik Patel. In this movement, Patidars were demanding the status of Other Backward Classes (OBC).
Political analysts believe that most of the Patidar community voters will vote for the BJP this time, while former leaders of the movement demanding reservation believe that many young voters of the Patidar community will opt for other options like the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). can turn. In the 2017 assembly elections, the BJP had set an ambitious target of winning 150 out of 182 seats. But, despite this, BJP was able to retain its power by winning only 99 seats.
Patidars play a crucial role
Hardik Patel’s stormy election campaign against the BJP is believed to have resulted in the opposition Congress emerging victorious on 77 seats. According to the estimates of the Patidar community, there are about 40 seats in Gujarat where Patidar voters play a decisive role. Some community leaders claim that they have dominance over 50 seats. Although the Patel community accounts for about 18 per cent of Gujarat’s population, 44 Patidar MLAs were elected in 2017, indicating their influence in Gujarat politics.
The number of Patidars is more in these areas.
Saurashtra region has a significant number of Patidar voters, including Morbi, Tankara, Gondal, Dhorji, Amreli, Savarkundla, Jetpur, Rajkot East, Rajkot West and Rajkot South seats. Vijapur, Visnagar, Mehsana and Unjha assembly constituencies in North Gujarat have a sizeable number of Patidar voters. At the same time, there are at least five such seats in Ahmedabad city, namely Ghatlodia, Sabarmati, Maninagar, Nikol and Naroda.
BJP-AAP gave tickets to Patidars
In South Gujarat, several seats in the city of Surat are considered strongholds of the Patidar community. These include Varachha, Kamrej and Katargam. Many people believe that it was the Patidar reservation movement and the anger of the people associated with it, due to which the BJP was defeated in many Patidar-dominated seats in 2017. These include Unjha in Mehsana district and Morbi and Tankara seats in Saurashtra region. For the upcoming assembly elections, the BJP has given tickets to 41 Patidars, one more than the Congress’ tally. The Aam Aadmi Party has also given tickets to a large number of Patidars.
Tags: Assembly Elections 2022, Gujarat Elections
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 03, 2022, 17:57 IST