Dates for the all important and eagerly awaited Gujarat elections have been announced. The two phase poll will be held on 9 & 14 of December with counting on 18th. Can BJP continue its winning streak and push Congress into permanent hibernation in the state? This question is in everyone’s minds. BJP has been ruling the state for past 20 years which is long enough and only natural to develop some sort of anti-incumbency. Congress has received a jolt with senior leader Shankersinh Vaghela leaving the party just before polls. Many of its MLAs have joined the BJP. Its tallest leader in the state Ahmad Patel just managed to scrape through in Rajya Sabha elections by just 1 vote.
Rains in Ahmedabad and not so great handling of the situation has resulted in social media being agog with ‘Vikas Ganda Thayo Chey’. Its virality has reached significant proportions. BJP govt. has taken a series of steps to pacify Patidars but the agitation continues. OBC leader Alpesh Thakor has joined Congress. Hardik may follow suit. Jignesh Mevani, the Dalit leader has vowed to defeat the BJP. Both Rahul Gandhi & Narendra Modi have held many rallies in the state. PM is seen visiting the state every other day to announce sops. Navsarjan Yatra & Gaurav Yatra have crossed swords. Rahul is gaining good traction as per reports. However, initial opinion polls (CSDS, Axis & VMR) suggest a BJP sweep mainly due to TINA factor.
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