Tribal areas in North Gujarat: Opposition gets space amid discontent in BJP over tickets

Along the tribal seats in North Gujarat, the intoxicating mead of local politics and price rise spiked with the X-factor of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has turned the otherwise monochrome Gujarat assembly election into a nail-biting thriller.

While the BJP is grappling with dissidence in several seats over allegations of imposing candidates by its national leadership, the ruling party and the principal opposition, Congress, are also on the edge trying to fathom the impact the AAP would have on the electoral fortunes.

Local BJP workers, albeit from the cover of anonymity, mince no words in expressing their frustration over the party high command imposing candidates on the seats from outside, which according to them has seriously jeopardised the local equilibrium and opened several chinks in the otherwise impenetrable saffron armour.

Take for example the reserved tribal constituency Khedbrahma in Sabarkantha district that is seeing a triangular contest between BJP’s Ashwin Kotwal, Congress candidate Tushar Chaudhury and Vipin Gameti of the AAP. Kotwal has only recently jumped ship from the Congress and joined the BJP and landed with a ticket from the constituency. The three-time MLA is hardly finding the requisite affection from his new party workers, while Tushar Chaudhury, the son of former chief minister Amarsinh Chaudhury, is banking on his father’s goodwill as he has moved from his South Gujarat constituency fearing a defeat. Amarsinh enjoys a lot of goodwill among the people of the constituency. The AAP has fielded Gameti, whose father was a personal assistant of Amarsinh. The triangular contest has kept everyone on the edge in the constituency.
“While the system in the BJP was based more on personal relations, when the Congressmen came in, they brought in the Congress system along and now the local units work in their way, something that we are not used to,” said a BJP worker.

A similar situation has developed at Himmatnagar, where the saffron party has fielded VD Jhala, a Thakore candidate, dropping Rajendra Chavda, who had earlier joined the party from the Congress. While the Prime Minister recently held a rally at Himmatnagar, with former deputy chief minister Nitin Patel by his side, sources maintained that BJP’s decision of not fielding any Patel candidate in the district has not gone down too well with the people. Also, with the entry of the AAP, the bipolarity has vanished from the drawing board.

Chavda, according to sources, enjoys a strong hold over the electorate and is learnt to have taken his dropping less than amicably. The story remains unchanged for Gandhinagar West where the BJP has fielded Alpesh Thakore, who despite a very strong push by the party doesn’t seem to be finding the requisite support from the people.

Meanwhile, the issues of price rise and joblessness have remained a constant across the way. While BJP workers deny that these were issues of concern in the tribal areas, Vijay Parmar, a veterinary student, makes no bones about admitting that both issues were hitting them hard. “Regular paper leaks and joblessness are creating an atmosphere of panic, but then one doesn’t really know how people will react inside the booth,” he said.

At Bhiloda, another tribal constituency in Aravalli district, a government teacher on the condition of anonymity said inflation and lack of amenities had made people restive. “But unlike cities, here immediate priorities assume more significance and that is where the catch lies,” she said with a wink.

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