The head of the Congress party in Gujarat, Raghu Sharma, today took on Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), claiming that his party would not win a single seat in Gujarat. The Gujarat Congress chief writes on paper and challenges Kejirwal to a landslide victory for the AAP.
You are the BJP’s “B” team,” he repeated three times. Then, he challenged Kejirwal by writing this down and saying that his party, the AAP, would not win a single seat.
Gujarat politics, where the BJP has maintained its lead over the Congress for more than 20 years, has taken on a new dimension as a result of the AAP’s growth in the state. AAP has always been popular with urban voters, while Congress has struggled to win enough seats in cities to overtake the BJP. Kejriwal is offering voters a distinct alternative by taking soft Hindutva stances, emphasizing to Congress voters the party’s repeated failure to unseat the BJP, and betting big on freebies.
While many poll watchers believe the Congress is still the state’s closest rival to the BJP, most of these young voters find the party unappealing, allowing the AAP to step in.
The AAP is attempting to buck this trend by fielding candidates in all 182 seats. Its primary target appears to be Congress.
Earlier, AAP’s chief ministerial candidate Isudan Gadhvi stated, “The Congress is not the same as it was in 2017.” It is much weaker. When one of the two main competitors falters, a third front may emerge. This time, both are weak and hence, AAP is an option that the people are looking forward to”.
The winner in 2022 will have a significant advantage in the Lok Sabha elections in 2024. No surprises then that BJP is leaving no stone unturned to ensure it betters the 127-seat victory of 2002.