The flop Patidar rally led by BJP President Amit Shah and Gujrat CM Vinay Rupani has stunned the top party brass, including the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to an extent that the PM has summoned the former Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel to Delhi.
According to the sources, Anandiben Patel has left in a private plane to Delhi.
What was meant to be a prompt exhibit of a clear mandate of affluent Patels for BJP in the state, turned into a complete shocker or probably the first signal for electoral disappointment due for BJP in Gujrat in 2017 electoral poll! Throughout, anti BJP slogans were raised and a complete chaos broke out.
The rally was meant to send out a strong message to Hardik Patel’s Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), that the Patidars had returned to the BJP. However the tables were completely turned for BJP as even the presence of more than 2000 policemen IGPs, DIGs, DCPs and ACPs could not control the PAAS supporters. The police had to use lathis and tear gas to quell the protestors.
In the home state of the Prime Minister, where he served as CM for 12 years, the BJP president, Shah had to close his speech in less than 5 minutes and make a hurried exit.
The congress party which is in the opposition also said on Friday that the ruckus at BJP president’s gathering in Surat shows “manifestation of resentment” among the farmers against the “much-touted Gujarat model of governance of Narendra Modi, and that the deep-seated anger is fully legitimate and justified”.
Earlier just over a month, Anandiben Patel had to quit the CM office for her inability to tackle the Patidar agitation and the Dalit protests across the state. The protest in the Patidar rally suggests dissatisfied Patidars and Dalits. The absolute jobless growth, from agricultural sector to urban areas, is the main cause of people’s resentment against BJP in Gujrat, says congress spokesperson.