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to put it mildly, he, the parties are tactfully playing the caste card." campaign.

saying it was a "babbar sher" that wants to "strangulate" small businesses. He minced no words at his press conference on Tuesday. who have always been the state’s political and economic backbone,have turned against the BJP The ruling party first sensed revolt due to the Patidar agitation in December 2015 when following Hardik Patel’s stir the BJP suffered shocking reverses in elections to district taluka and nagar panchayats From 30 out of 31 district panchayats in its kitty in 2010 the BJP was reduced to just six while the rest went to the Congress in December 2015 Similarly the party was reduced to 67 seats from 150 taluka panchayats and the Congress rosefrom 26 to 134 This is a reflection of a major dent in the ruling party’s votebase in rural and semi-urban areas and the disenchantment of the Patidars is a major reason for this That there is a Patidar groundswell against the BJP was visible yet again during a three-day Ahmedabad-to-Somnath yatra led by Hardik Patel which concluded just 24 hours ahead of Prime MinisterNarendra Modi’s birthday on 17 September an occasion whenBJP celebrated ‘Narmada Mahotsav’ with great fanfare Incidentally Hardik Patel’s yatra received a more vociferoussupport than the 85 Narmada chariots taken out by the BJP government which met with public protests as well at several places en route And to make matters worse the 24-year-old has already declared his Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti’s (PAAS) support to the Congress Apart from this the Congress is also trying to make the most out of farmer distress in the state Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in a well-attended townhall meeting with party workers in Ahmedabad recently referred to the Rs 36000 crore farm debt in Gujarat And the party backed it with a promise to waive offloans if elected to power Incidentally even the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh an affiliate of the RSS has been demanding a loan waiver citing losses to farmers because of rising costs of production and falling incomes Options limited for BJP Driven to the wall and realising that its much-publicised target of winning 150 seats is looking dim the BJP has little option but to drive a wedge in the Opposition Congress has traditionally won 50-60 seats in Assembly elections in Gujarat even at the height of the saffron wave in 2002 And the situation is decidedly worse for the BJP today than it was 15 years ago Given this the Congress only needs 30-40 seats more than it won last time to cross the simple majority mark of 91 The BJP machinery is already at work Resignations of six Congress MLAs ahead of Rajya Sabha polls in August and of eight others including Shankersinh Vaghela after cross-voting for the BJP was just the beginning Simultaneously two Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLAs in the state also voted for the BJP going back on the party’s promise to Congress presidentSonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel At a time when the NCP is inching towards the BJP even in its home state Maharashtra this reshaping of political alliances could hurt the Congress The bonhomie between Vaghela and NCP’s top leadership includingSharad Pawar and Praful Patel is common knowledge The NCP has already announced its plans of contesting 60-70 seats in Gujarat while Congress has also made it clear that it intends to have no alliance with Pawar In 2012 NCP contested nine seats and won two in Gujarat; in 2007 it contested 10 and won three In its home state Mahrashtra it came a poor fourth place winning just 41 seats in a 288-member House In effect Vaghela’s Jan Vikalp and NCP could dent Congress more than they hurt BJP Vaghela will also prove handy for the BJP to offset the losses caused by the Patidars because of his sway with the OBCs who form a sizeable 35-40 percent of Gujarat’s population Young OBC leader Gujarat Kshatriya Thakore Sena president Alpesh Thakore has simultaneously emerged as a force to reckon with Though he is raising issues against the BJP Thakore like Vaghela’s Jan Vikalp and the NCP is what comprises the BJP’s B-Team and even the C-Team During the peak of the Patidar agitation Thakore had repeatedly stated that the OBCs would topple the BJP government if Patidars— who comprise just 12 percent of the population— are given reservations So all these factions— Jan Vikalp NCP and Gujarat Kshatriya Thakore Sena— put together the Opposition space is becoming crowded And we haven’t even mentioned the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which is trying to begin its own poll preparation in Gujarat following electoral reverses in Goa Punjab and the Delhi municipal body The only Opposition party which is on the Congress’ side is Janata Dal (United) which has elected a new leader in Chhotubhai Vasava who has already pledged JD(U) support to Congress The state has 24 seats from the tribal belt in which Vasava and JD(U) have considerable clout The one advantage that the Congress has is the emergence of powerful tribal leader and the lone Janata Dal-United legislator in Gujarat Chhotubhai Vasava on the national scenario now and has pledged support to the opposition party The State has 24 seats in the tribal belt and the Congress can expect to regain lost ground in the region with Vasava’s support Congress has 14 out of 27 seats reserved for Scheduled Tribes and Vasava given his clout among the community may help the party improve this figure" the chief minister said. the Chief Minister also praised local Muslims for participating in the festival at the temple, respect and security for Muslim women.New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called for a consensus in passage of the bill on making instant triple talaq a punishable offence linking Mannar with Palk Strait, appearing for the Centre, he said.

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