AAP enters Gujarat poll fray, set to take battle to BJP, Congress; here is what is on agenda

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New Delhi | Updated: October 4, 2017 12:51:40 PM

With all eyes in its maiden Gujarat assembly poll fray, the Aam Admi Party (AAP) is now betting on the Patidar votes, the community that has been upping the ante against the BJP government.

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With all eyes in its maiden Gujarat assembly poll fray, the Aam Admi Party (AAP) is now betting on the Patidar votes, the community that has been upping the ante against the BJP government in the state over reservations for the community. Interestingly, out of the 20 seats shortlisted by the AAP to contest the elections, 12 are in Patidar dominated areas while others are Dalit and Tribal constituencies, according to Hindustan Times report. Of the 12 seats, Petlad in Anand district, is the only Congress bastion, while rest have been BJP strongholds for long, the report said.

Led by Hardik Patel, the Patidar community youth, which is demanding OBC reservation in government jobs and educational institutions, have given a call to defeat the BJP. For last 1 year, the bonhomie between Hardik Patel and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal was quite evident on social media platforms like Twitter where Kejriwal regularly retweeted Hardik Patel’s statement mostly supporting AAP. However, few days back Hardik Patel has openly hinted that his community may back Congress to dent BJP’s chances, according to Indian Express report.

In recent years, the Dalit and tribal votes of Gujarat, have swung in favour of BJP, Congress, NCP or even independents. The AAP had now emerged as the only alternative to Congress and BJP in Gujarat. The NCP, which so far has contested as a Congress ally, has announced to contest from 100 of total 182 segments in Gujarat, the report said. “Unlike options available in the past, AAP is not a product of faction that would have come out of BJP or Congress,” said AAP spokesperson Harshil Nayak, as per HT.

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