Gujaratis, especially those who are non-resident Indians, are eager to select and support their preferred leader and party as the Assembly elections in Gujarat draw near. At least 25,000 NRIs from all over the world are traveling to Gujarat to support the Bharatiya Janata Party.
People from all over the world pay attention to Indian elections whenever they take place, according to Digant Sompura, convenor of the Foreign Contact department. Due to PM Modi’s connection to Gujarat, excitement and interest are especially high when elections are taking place in Gujarat.
People are more interested in the Gujarat elections this time around due to the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) entry into Gujarat and the triangular conflict.
Gujaratis all over the world have a special connection to their home state, and they regularly make donations in their villages for the construction of schools, libraries, and other development projects, earning them respect and a special position among their fellow villagers.
Using this, non-resident Gujaratis will campaign in the state, urging their villagers to vote for the BJP in large numbers.
“There are approximately 20 lakh Indians residing in the United States, of which approximately 11-12 lakh are Gujaratis,” Sompura added. All of these Gujaratis in the United States have a special connection to their home state, and as a result, an increasing number of people are attempting to visit the state and campaign for the BJP.
“According to estimates, there will be 25,000 NRIs campaigning in Gujarat.”
Dr. Vasudev Patel, National Organization Secretary of the BJP in the United States, stated, “We have the foresight of PM Narendra Modi, who understands the power and support of NRIs.” 32 NRIs have already arrived in Gujarat from New Zealand, Australia, and other countries, with more expected to arrive in the coming days from Fiji, Canada, the United States, and other countries.”
NRIs cannot vote in India because they are now citizens of other countries, but they believe they owe something to their country and thus come here on their own dime, taking a break from their work and business, to campaign during elections.
“After Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of the country, the development in the country is skyrocketing and hence we are here to tell the people in our villages to vote for BJP,” added Patel.
About the campaigning strategy, Dr Vasudev said, “We follow two strategies for campaigning, one is the ground campaigning where the NRI’s work on-ground, where they campaign in different villages and the other is campaigning online, which is done by people who could not make it to India, they campaign by making phone calls to their relatives, villagers, neighbours and tell them why they should vote for BJP. They also make online videos on it and share on the social media platforms.”
As of now, registration of about 90 people have been received who are coming to India, especially for campaigning and many come here without registering. Moreover, there are about 1000 people who have not given up their Indian citizenship, they will be coming to India, especially to vote.