1. Hindi voters of Gujarat: An influential community like Patidars and Dalits; will they vote for BJP or Rahul Gandhi?

Hindi voters of Gujarat: An influential community like Patidars and Dalits; will they vote for BJP or Rahul Gandhi?

There are over 1 crore members from the community in the state, out of which, around 60 lakhs are eligible to vote.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: November 3, 2017 2:09 PM
population is concentrated in Umargaon at Gujarat-Maharashtra border to Kutch valley.

BJP and Congress are trying hard to win support from various sections of Gujarati ahead of upcoming assembly elections. The leaders from two communities – Patidars and Dalits – have made maximum headlines this elections season. However, there is one more very important community which is not making much news – the Hindi speaking community of Gujarat.

There are over 1 crore members from the community in the state, out of which, around 60 lakhs are eligible to vote. It is reported that this population is concentrated in Umargaon at Gujarat-Maharashtra border to Kutch valley. The Hindi population plays decider in at least 20 assembly seats between Valsad to Ahmedabad.

In Valsad, Madhu Shrivastava from BJP is getting elected as an MLA from many terms. Also, Rajendra Singh, from another seat, is serving as a minister in ruling Vijay Rupani government. A report in Hindi daily Dainik Jagran says that in many of the villages near Ankleshwar district, even the Sarpanchs who are getting elected are Hindi speaking leaders. The report says that mainstream parties do recognise the significance of the community in the election.

Both Congress and BJP have separate teams to address the concerns of this group of voters.

The Congress had formed an ‘other language’ group two decades ago under the leadership of Rae Bareli-based JP Pandey. In response, BJP had also formed a similar group under the leadership of CR Patil.  Initially, it was Congress which received overwhelming support from the community. However, with Narendra Modi wave in 2014 in Hindi belt, the support base has somewhat moved from Congress to BJP, the report says. The community had played a big role in BJP victory on all 26 seats in Gujarat Lok Sabha election.

With an eye on making a comeback in Gujarat, BJP and Congress is trying to garner support from all possible voters. Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani Patidar leader Hardik Patel have remained critical of BJP. However, they have also not announced support for the Congress as well. It will be interesting to say who gets the support of Hindi community in Gujarat.

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    Poda De
    Nov 3, 2017 at 5:29 pm
    Q : Sir, Briefly - What's the difference between NDA and Congress ? A : NDA is Lively - Dynamic - Progress ! while congress is die - dying - dynastic !
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      Hari
      Nov 3, 2017 at 4:26 pm
      Congress is the main promoter of CORRUPTION in this country which destroyed total governance system paralyzing administration and police. The govt machinery has left with no efficiency to execute any of projects resulted in acute poverty, backwardness, and unemployment all over the country. Rahul is a fool leader who has no capability and vision to judge as to why Congress is losing one after another state due to massive corruption prevailing in Congress-ruled states. He has no guts to curb CORRUPTION in any of Congress-ruled states especially Karnataka which is on the top as per ranking published in different media. CONGRESS COULD NOT COME BACK TO POWER UNLESS STERN MEASURES ARE TAKEN TO CURB CORRUPTION. RAHUL HAS NO FUTURE IN THIS COUNTRY AS HE IS NOT SINCERE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY WHO IS TRYING TO MISLEAD PEOPLE BY ABSURD AND FALSE STATEMENTS DRAFTED BY HIS PARTY ADVISERS.
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      1. Sridhara Hiriyannaiah
        Nov 3, 2017 at 3:46 pm
        This time it mostly appears that BJP will be out. The main reason being business. Gujaratis are basically business community. Almost 90 of the cloth and ready made business from Ahmedabad, Surat to all over India was based on Cash transactions. They used to send consignment all over in luxury buses thorough voucher transaction. But now it is not possible because cash is gone and with GST the transport is linked to GST no. And there is this Patel chapter, this Dalit Chapter. And also anti incumbency plays an important part. After Modi, AP had to quit and now Rupani has not made any waves of significance. An improved Rahul Gandhi is taking the people to his side with well articulated speeches. Overall the chances are bleak
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        1. Thiruveedhi Ramanarayanan
          Nov 3, 2017 at 3:07 pm
          Now it is the state's crucial selection of their upliftment in both to their state as well as to the country. Definitely the people of the state will chose the correct line what they prefer,
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