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For all the con­fi­dence that the BJP projects, and ar­guably should project, about re­tain­ing power in Gu­jarat, party lead­ers are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly jit­tery as the elec­tions draw near. Gu­jarat chief min­is­ter Vi­jay Ru­pani, un­able to talk in de­tail about his own po­lit­i­cal achieve­ments, has been re­ly­ing in­stead on wrestling Bo­gey­men. Writer Arund­hati Roy flus­tered Ru­pani by do­nat­ing Rs 3 lakh to young Dalit leader Jig­nesh Me­vani who is crowd­fund­ing his in­de­pen­dent cam­paign. At a rally on De­cem­ber 1, Ru­pani ac­cused Me­vani of be­ing a “JNU prod­uct”. While on so­cial me­dia, BJP bots threw around favoured pe­jo­ra­tives such as “com­mies” and “anti-na­tion­als” and mut­tered darkly about the “lib­eral ecosys­tem.” Of course, nei­ther Me­vani nor Roy have ever been to JNU, un­like many se­nior mem­bers of the Gu­jarat bu­reau­cracy.

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