Patidar Quota No Longer An Issue In Gujarat, Says BJP

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Quite a lot of Patidars within the state’s Saurashtra area are engaged in agricultural actions, and the opposition Congress has accused the federal government of going again on its guarantees to farmers, specifically the crop insurance coverage scheme.

The BJP has claimed the reservation demand by Patidars in Gujarat is now not a difficulty and expressed confidence that the neighborhood will vote for it within the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Quite a lot of Patidars within the state’s Saurashtra area are engaged in agricultural actions, and the opposition Congress has accused the federal government of going again on its guarantees to farmers, specifically the crop insurance coverage scheme.

The BJP has claimed the reservation demand by Patidars in Gujarat is now not a difficulty and expressed confidence that the neighborhood will vote for it within the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

The Patidar reservation agitation turned a dominant narrative impacting the result of the 2017 state Assembly polls, notably in Saurashtra which has a major inhabitants of the neighborhood.

However, a frontrunner from the ruling BJP feels their Rs 6,000 annual revenue scheme for farmers shall be a “recreation changer” within the Lok Sabha polls.

Out of 49 Assembly seats throughout seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Saurashtra, the Congress bagged 30, whereas the BJP may solely win 18 and the NCP acquired one.

Hardik Patel, who led the statewide agitation in 2015 demanding reservation advantages for the Patidar neighborhood, just lately joined the Congress and has been campaigning for the opposition party within the Saurashtra area.

The party, which received all 26 Lok Sabha seats within the state in 2014, is looking for to retain them this time additionally because it believes the youth will help it.

However, the ruling BJP, which received 99 out of complete 182 Assembly seats within the 2017 Gujarat polls, has taken a number of steps to deal with the Patidar neighborhood’s grievances, together with implementation of 10 per cent quota for normal class poor.

“During the final Assembly elections, we suffered as a result of the youth have been in opposition to us. Our seats within the Assembly decreased. Now the youth are with us, with Narendra Modi, they’re supporting us on nationalism. We won’t lose any Lok Sabha seat within the state,” mentioned Union minister Mansukh Mandaviya, who’s the BJP’s Saurashtra zone in-charge.

Referring to the sooner Patidar quota agitation, he mentioned, “You can mislead a neighborhood for a while, however not for lengthy…the (Patidar) protest was politically motivated by the Congress to win elections.”

Cotton, groundnut and castor are the principle crops grown within the area, and poor rainfall adversely affected the crop output this 12 months.

However, Arjun Sosa, president of Congress Amreli district unit, which is available in Saurashtra area, claimed farmers are usually not pleased with the PM Modi authorities as “it did little to assist them after they suffered from crop losses.”

Bharat Padsala, a farmer from Kerala village in Amreli, mentioned, “Nobody in our village has acquired crop insurance coverage declare, regardless of paying the premium. The state authorities, nonetheless, paid as much as Rs 11,600 as a part of monetary help to scarcity-hit areas.”

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