Senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani on Sunday said that the drubbing in the recent Bihar assembly elections has made the party conscious for the Gujarat local body polls.
The party’s Margdarshak Mandal member, who after the BJP’s debacle in Bihar had come down heavily on the top leadership, was in the city to cast vote for the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation election.
“It (Bihar poll results) has raised the party’s consciousness. Steps have been taken accordingly (for the local polls),” Advani told media persons outside a polling booth at Khanpur.
Advani, who represents Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency, also indicated that it will take some time for ‘Acche Din’ to arrive.Replying to a query on Modi’s promise of Acche Din and inflation, especially skyrocketing prices of dal, Advani said, “These things take time. But things are moving in the right direction.”
Party chief Amit Shah was also in Ahmedabad to cast his vote from Naranpura ward .
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who as Gujarat CM had conceptualized and introduced clause of compulsory voting in civic elections, couldn’t vote from Ranip in Ahmedabad, where he has been registered as voter. The local leaders maintained the PM would have come if his schedule of Malaysia tour had not coincided. Due to high court stay the Gujarat Government couldn’t impose compulsory voting clause.
In Gujarat, which is traditionally a bastion of the BJP and also the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah, polling was held in six municipal corporations on Sunday. Polling for some 300 district and taluka panchayats and nagarpalikas will be held on November 29.
The BJP is at power in all six municipal corporarions - Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar.The elections are being held in the backdrop of Patidars, known as staunch BJP supporters, threatening to uproot the BJP for the alleged police atrocity on the community members for the stir demanding OBC status. The agitation leader Hardik Patel has been in jail for over a month now under sedition charges.
The Patidar agitation has put the BJP on a sticky wicket and offered Congress a chance of revival
Meanwhile, around noon many Patidars, who came out to vote wearing white cap with slogan `I am Patidar and lollipop in hands complained about their name being missing from the voters list. Such complaints were mainly reported from Ghatlodia, CM Anandiben Patel’s constituency, and other Patidar dominated areas like Bapunagar that had witnessed violence for two days after Patidar young leader Hardik Patel was arrested on August 25 at the end of a massive rally at Ahmedabad. The Patidars held lollipops to mock the special education package that Gujarat Government has announced in response to the Patidars demand of reservation in colleges and government jobs.Ahmedabad collector Rajkumar Benival issued order to prepare fresh list with an hour.