GU­JARAT ELEC­TIONS

Woman's Era - - Classifieds - – Shalini Ger­ald Fer­nando, Chennai.

It is an open se­cret that peo­ple of the en­tire na­tion are fed up with the rul­ing BJP at the cen­tre and Gu­jarat is not an ex­cep­tion. ( Why Modi-shah Anx­ious in Gu­jarat? De­cem­ber II) There are var­i­ous rea­sons why Modi and Amit Shah had to run from pil­lar to post to win the Gu­jarat Assem­bly elec­tions. The de­mon­eti­sa­tion-gst ef­fect threat­ened the duo to the hilt as these two dra­co­nian im­ple­men­ta­tions had badly hit Gu­jarat which is full of traders, both small and big, opin­ion polls were not in favour of the BJP.

Sens­ing the mood of the elec­torate the BJP gov­ern­ment went into a dam­age con­trol process by re­lax­ing tax on hun­dreds of items in the GST and also an­nounced huge de­velop men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing the bul­let train, Nar­mada open­ing, etc. The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion also helped the gov­ern­ment by post­pon­ing the elec­tion in Gu­jarat, en­abling the gov­ern­ment to an­nounce all sops to the state.

More­over, Congress went ag­gres­sive in its cam­paign with a re­ju­ve­nated Rahul ad­dress­ing many elec­tion meet­ings which at­tracted huge crowds which made Modi and Shah go into jit­ters and change the style of their elec­tion cam­paign. Sens­ing that only he, as the son of the soil, can bail out the saffron party from sum­mary de­feat, the Prime min­is­ter pre­ferred to stay put in Gu­jarat and con­duct num­ber of elec­tion cam­paigns un­prece­dented for a Prime Min­is­ter.

He also tried to win sym­pa­thy votes by en­cash­ing on the ‘neech’ talk of Mani Shankar Iyar and harp­ing on threat to his life by Pak­istan or­ches­trated by the Congress party! He also never failed to re­mind the elec­torate of the Gujarati pride and he a Gujarati, oc­cu­py­ing the PM’S seat.

Though fi­nally the BJP won the elec­tions, Congress had also done very well. If only Lady Luck had been in their favour, the Congress would have won the elec­tions as they lost in al­most 18 con­stituen­cies by a slen­der mar­gin of just one or two thou­sand of votes.

The BJP, no doubt, has es­caped through the skin of their teeth and it is but nat­u­ral that Modi and Shah were re­ally anx­ious and had to be on ten­ter­hooks till the re­sults were out.

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