AAP makes sensational charge ahead of Gujarat elections; claims ‘Ahmedabad office was raided’
In a big development ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections, the AAP claimed its Ahmedabad office was raided by police on Sunday when party supremo Arvind Kejriwal arrived in the state. Making the revelation, Gujarat AAP Chief Isudan Gadhvi said the search continued for two hours but nothing was found. As of now, there has been no confirmation as to whether a raid took place or its purpose. Commenting on the news of the raid, Kejriwal attributed it to BJP nervousness due to AAP’s growing popularity in Gujarat.
Taking to Twitter, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “The BJP has been badly shaken by the immense support it is receiving from the people of Gujarat. A storm is blowing in Gujarat in favor of the AAP After Delhi, the Raids also started in Gujarat Nothing was found in Delhi, nothing was found in Gujarat either We are sincere honest and patriotic people.
Kejriwal is on a two-day visit to the state where he will interact with various sections of society and announce pledges for the Gujarat Assembly polls. The multitude of “guarantees” declared so far include free electricity up to 300 units, unemployment benefit of Rs.3000, 10 lakh government jobs, monthly salary of Rs.10,000 for each sarpanch, monthly stipend of Rs.1000 for each woman aged 18 and above and agricultural loan waiver. AAP seeks to emerge as an alternative in Gujarat where politics revolved around BJP and Congress.
गुजरात की जनता से मिल अपार समर्थन समर्थन भाजपा बुरी तरह बौखला गयी।। « »
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Political scenario in Gujarat
Gujarat has proven to be an impregnable stronghold for the BJP as it has won assembly elections in the state since 1995. In the 2017 elections, there was a fierce contest between the saffron party and the Congress , which was bolstered by the fiery campaign of Hardik Patel, Jignesh Mevani and Alpesh Thakor. In the end, the BJP won 99 seats out of the 182 members of the Assembly, while the party led by Sonia Gandhi won 77 seats. In an unforeseen development on September 11, 2021, Vijay Rupani tendered his resignation as Chief Minister of Gujarat without giving a specific reason.
While BJP General Secretary (Organization) BL Santhosh and Gujarat official Bhupender Yadav were already present in the state, Union ministers Pralhad Joshi and Narendra Tomar were rushed in as observers. Although rumors suggested that Deputy CM Nitin Patel, Cabinet Minister RC Faldu and BJP State Deputy Chairman Gordhan Zadafia were the main contenders for the post, Bhupendra Patel was elected as the new CM in a BJP Legislative Party meeting on September 12, 2021. Due to a series of defections, the BJP currently has 111 seats in the National Assembly compared to 64 seats in Congress.