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Updated Sep 30, 2021 | 18:14 IST
New Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel.
New Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel.  |  Photo Credit: PTI

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  • The appointment of Patel to the chief ministerial post is also a recognition of the threat that a resurgent AAP may come to pose.
  • The AAP tasted its first electoral success as recently as this February when it became the principal opposition party in the 120-member Surat Municipal Corporation
  • The Congress' successful courtship of the charismatic Jignesh Mevani suggests that it is seeking to embolden its prospects, specifically among Gujarat's Dalits

Most eyes may be fixed on the leadership crisis unfolding within Congress ranks in Punjab, but the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) decision to replace Vijay Rupani with the lesser-known Bhupendra Patel at the helm of Gujarat is a clear indication that the political ground in India's fifth-largest state is shifting. ,free poker online 247

Although the state is only scheduled to head to the polls in December 2022, the emergence of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress' wooing of Jignesh Mevani has stirred the BJP into action. ,casumo rtp

The BJP's image in Gujarat has been shaken due to the state's mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting concerns that, unless a rejig of its leadership was undertaken, it stood to lose more electoral ground in the run-up to the critical 2022 Assembly polls. But the appointment of Patel to the chief ministerial post is also a recognition of the threat that a resurgent AAP may come to pose. ,french ligue table

free mlb baseball games online,Seven years after facing a sobering defeat in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls when 24 of the 26 candidates it pitted lost their deposits, the AAP, if, at least, in some parts of Gujarat, is fashioning itself into a force to be reckoned with as it seeks to dislodge a status-quo largely characterised by bipolar contests in the state. 

It tasted its first electoral success as recently as this February when it became the principal opposition party in the 120-member Surat Municipal Corporation. While the BJP claimed the lion's share of seats (93), the AAP won 27 leaving the Congress drawing a blank. ,xbet apple

A failure to record victories in other municipal corporation polls will not deter the Kejriwal-led outfit from positioning itself as a legitimate opposition to the BJP ahead of the Gujarat polls. The appointment of Gopal Italia as the party's state chief is also indicative of a shrewd strategy to woo the state's influential Patidar community. ,for the want of meaning

The Patidars (or Patels) make up between 12 and 14 per cent of the state's electorate but their financial and political clout is formidable. According to reports, the community has the votes to determine a result in, at least, 70 out of the state's 182 assembly constituencies. The fact that a third of BJP's MLAs come from this community alone displays their importance to the saffron outfit. 

free blackjack online,In view of this, the appointment of Bhupendra Patel, who some described as a 'dark horse' candidate, to the post of chief minister appears to be a logical move. The BJP will also be acutely aware of the impact of the Patidar reservation agitation on its performance in the 2017 polls (its total seat count fell below 100). 

free slot dolphin reef,Not to be caught on its heels though, the Congress has, in recent weeks, also sought to take steps to strengthen its influence. Its successful courtship of the charismatic Jignesh Mevani suggests that it is seeking to embolden its prospects, specifically among Gujarat's Dalits. 

Mevani currently represents the Vadgam constituency in North Gujarat having won the seat in 2017 with support from the Congress. He had also led several Dalit protests in the state in the wake of the Una incident in 2016, consistently projecting himself as an advocate for land rights for Dalits in Gujarat. ,blackjack dealing

Although the Congress ceded ground among Gujarat's OBCs, Upper Castes and Adivasis in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, it did manage to claim 67 per cent of Dalit votes in Gujarat. It's tough to say whether this rise in support was directly attributable to Mevani but there is evidence to suggest that the young, outspoken MLA could turn out to be a potent asset for the Grand Old Party as it looks to make a dent in the BJP's and AAP's electoral prospects.,3d free kick unblocked

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