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BJP banks on north Gujarat

india Updated: Nov 28, 2007 11:55 IST
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Facing stiff dissidence in Saurashtra, Gujarat's ruling BJP is pinning its hopes on northern part of the state and Mehsana district for making up possible losses.

"Yes, considering the developments in Suarashtra region, the party's performance in north Gujarat has become crucial," confesses district BJP President Keshu Bhai M Patel.

Saurashtra region, where six BJP leaders have revolted and are contesting on Congress tickets, goes to poll in the first phase on December while north Gujarat will go on poll in the last phase on December 16.

Another source at the BJP office here admits the party's dependence on the northern region to succeed in the assembly election has increased.

"The party will benefit the most in this region this year. Last time, we had got six and this time we'll get all the seven seats from Mehsana district," says BJP zonal media- in-charge Raju Bhatt.

Patel points out that businessmen most of whom have their own groups of supporters dominate Saurashtra region. And in the given situation, they might cause some harm to the vote bank. "But a lot of people there are from northern part who are ardent BJP followers and the scene will balanced out to our favour", he claims.