With conservatism dominating the state’s politics since the 1930s, Gujarat’s rightward tilt is thanks to Sardar Patel, Morarji Desai and K.M. Munshi.
With Congress and AAP declaring their support for Mevani, and activists from various parts of the country campaigning for him, will the Dalit leader make the cut?
An estimated 35 lakh Adivasis in Gujarat seasonally migrate to cities for work but the grand electoral promises of BJP and Congress fail to acknowledge their issues.
A large section of middle class Hindus base their nationalism on doses of Islamophobia, a campaign aggressively pursued by the Sangh parivar in urban Gujarat.
“They are so desperate that in the temples where we worship, the religious leader and the priests have been asking us to talk our families and relatives into voting for BJP.”
The Wire speaks to Kaleem Siddiqui, Socialist Party (India) candidate from Vatva in Ahmedabad, about why Muslims are being ignored by major political parties and the media.
Though the party brought out an amended second list of candidates, certain sections remain disgruntled.
Slowly but surely, the Congress is shuffling back into the game and Rahul, the man who everyone, including his own party, gave up on, is chiefly responsible for that.
The BJP has also opposed the use of the NOTA option in the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls.
The ambitious Modi-Shah duo are keen to break Congress chief minister Madhav Sinh Solanki’s record 149 seats out of 182 in the 1985 elections – a mark they could not cross even when Modi was chief minister of Gujarat.