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Six civic our bodies in Gujarat went to polls on Sunday: Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Vadodara, Bhavnagar and Surat. While BJP is comfortably set to wash sweep the polls, what has caught everybody’s consideration is how the Aam Aadmi Party, which is infamous for dropping even the deposits in a lot of the elections it contests out of Delhi, has managed to win at the least 23 seats in Surat Municipal Corporation.
At the time of penning this report, BJP is headed for a transparent win in Surat with lead/victory in 90 out of 120 seats. On the opposite hand, the Aam Aadmi Party has acquired as many as 27 seats.
People on the bottom imagine that Aam Aadmi Party successful these many seats shouldn't be actually BJP’s loss as it is just filling within the void left by Congress because it fades into oblivion. That the Patidar votes, who have been offended with the BJP over Patidar agitation, shifted to AAP after Hardik Patel joined the Congress. However, whichever means you see, AAP making inroads in Gujarat ought to alarm the BJP.
Congress in Gujarat has been the pioneer of caste politics. It was underneath Congress’ Madhavsinh Solanki rule that Gujarat witnessed one of many worst communal riots within the 80s. Solanki launched tips on how to divide votes as per his ‘KHAM’ (Kshatriya, Harijan, Adivasi, Muslim) vote financial institution. That it was underneath him the likes of don Latif thrived in Gujarat. Did you recognize Latif received in 5 municipal wards in native physique elections of Ahmedabad in 1986-87? He was in jail at the moment. Congress’ Amarsinh Choudhary was the chief minister of Gujarat at the moment.
In the mid-80s, when anti-reservation protests (a prelude to anti-Mandal protests that India would see later) erupted in some elements of Gujarat, particularly Ahmedabad, it's mentioned that the then Congress authorities used Latif to focus on the protesters, which brought on the anti-reservation protests to show into communal riots. Many different communal skirmishes and riots in Ahmedabad noticed an energetic participation of Latif’s gang on this length. Hindus of Gujarat, particularly these in Ahmedabad, began searching for a saviour who would save them from Latif.
It is not any surprise that after 1995 state meeting elections, Congress has not managed to type a majority authorities in Gujarat.
On one hand it's a good signal that the Congress, with all its divisional politics is on its means out in Gujarat. However, the unhealthy half is that AAP is not any higher.
You see, underneath Aam Aadmi Party, Delhi has seen months and months of roadblocks underneath the pretext of protests which have culminated into violent riots. In truth, as we speak would be the first anniversary of the 2020 anti-Hindu riots that rocked the nationwide capital. AAP has made guarantees in Delhi however at all times finds others responsible for the dearth of fulfilment of these.
However, what's worrying is that the analysts saying that the Patidar vote, which shaped a significant chunk of Congress vote financial institution, went to AAP. Gujarat has moved past caste politics and now it can't afford to return to the ugly mess of divisive caste politics.
Furthermore, regardless of Gujarat having a sizeable tribal inhabitants, it has not fallen into the lure of Naxal and excessive left-wing violence. With AAP, which tends to lean in the direction of the left, one by no means is aware of.
One would suppose how unhealthy may AAP be as towards Congress. Short reply: Worse.
You see, AAP is the first opposition social gathering in Punjab, a border state. Soon after the 2017 Punjab elections, AAP supporter and chief Gul Panag revealed that Kejriwal had flirted with the Khalistani components throughout the 2014 elections. She had mentioned that she had warned Kejriwal towards courting the separatist components however his staff had paid no heed to her.
Does that imply Kejriwal and his staff know the gravity of their associations? That they have been warned concerning the harmful territory they have been taking part in on, however nonetheless went forward?
Gujarat, too, is a border state. Pakistani province of Sindh is located on the north-west aspect of the state. Approximately 506 km of the entire border India shares with Pakistan is in Gujarat.
Gujarat has a turbulent historical past with communal violence. Did you recognize that earlier than the 1989 Bhagalpur riots that rocked Bihar, the 1969 Gujarat riots have been the worst communal riots after the partition? Congress’ Hitendra Desai was the chief minister of the state. There have been many subsequent communal within the state, the final one being in 2002 after a practice bringing Karsevaks from Ayodhya was set on fireplace by a Muslim mob in Godhra.
However, since then, the communal riots in Gujarat have been issues of historical past. If one have been to attract parallels between Gujarat and Punjab, the separatist Khalistan motion, backed by Pakistan, was additionally lengthy forgotten in Punjab. Since AAP got here into the political panorama, the Khalistan snake has raised its toxic hood, as could be seen within the current Republic Day riots.
Communal riots, too, can't be seen in isolation. Gangsters like Abdul Latif and Dawood have exploited these very communal fault strains to threaten our nationwide safety. For instance, in retaliation to the 2002 Gujarat riots, Indian Muhajideen had carried out serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad in 2008. But in previous few years, Gujarat’s communal violence has additionally been a factor of the previous.
This is why Aam Aadmi Party gaining floor in Gujarat is unhealthy information.