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Gujarat civic polls: BJP wins, Congress improves, Hardik a non-factor

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Ahmedabad: Bhartiya Janata Party won all six municipal corporations in Gujarat civic body elections. Congress also had a satisfactory result winning 20 zila panchayats out of 31.

Hardik Patel proved a non-factor against all the expectations. BJP managed a win even in his homeward.

This election result was important for Anandi Patel. This was the first election after Modi era in the state where BJP dominated completely.

Gujarat had turned into BJP’s strong zone over the years but Patel agitation earlier this year had seemed to break into BJP’s power. This win will provide some relief to BJP.

Congress’ rise, especially in the rural area, is also an important event. Last time they managed to win just one zila panchayat whereas the number went up to 20 this year.

Gujarat has assembly polls in 2017 and a setback there will impact BJP and its chances of regaining power in the center in 2019. Both Congress and BJP have realized the importance of Gujarat as it is the state that made Modi, the Modi.

BJP after losing in Bihar would be happy to see the win again though they also must be sensing that it is only going to get tougher from here.

It is little too early to read into these result, but it will create the background for coming time.

Both parties celebrated and claimed to have won the battle. Which party gained more out of it, only time will tell.

(Inputs from agencies)

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Modi is anti-Dalit, will defeat BJP in 2019: Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of being anti-Dalit and said his party will defeat the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi, who led his party’s day-long fast at Rajghat to highlight atrocities against Dalits and other communities, said party workers were protesting against an ideology, a way of thinking.

Rahul Gandhi becomes the president of Congress as mother Sonia Gandhi Steps Down
Rahul Gandhi is against Modi and his rule.

“The atmosphere that has been created in the country, it is due to the ideology of the BJP. BJP’s ideology is to divide the country, crush the Dalits, tribals, minorities. We are against the ideology of the BJP. We are standing against it today, we will stand against it throughout our lives. And we will defeat them in the 2019 elections,” Gandhi told reporters.

Asked about BJP Dalit MPs writing to Modi with their complaints, Gandhi said: “You talk to them in Parliament. They also tell us that Modiji is a casteist person, an anti-Dalit person. He has no place for Dalits in his heart, the whole country knows this. It is not a secret.”

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Gandhi attacked BJP President Amit Shah for likening the coming together of opposition parties to “snakes, mongoose, dogs and cats” climbing a tree trunk to save themselves from floods. He said every person in the country was against the BJP.

“Some days back a BJP leader said that opposition members were animals. The truth is that today every person in the country is standing against the government. The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it,” he said. Gandhi said the country will not accept that Modi government “spreads violence, hatred in the country… We are standing here against this ideology.”

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Rahul Gandhi says Modi controls the Media. Twitter

Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media. “You are standing on the other side but in actuality you are standing on our side as we are protecting you also. You are smiling, I know. We are fighting for you as well.” IANS

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