Zainul Ansari, Ahmedabad: The BJP’s stupendous performance in the Gujarat civic body polls and the earlier held bypolls in eight assembly seats is also a reflection of the work put in by state party president CR Patil and Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani.
The BJP scored a hattrick of sorts winning back to back the bypolls and the two phases of the civic body polls in the state. When CR Patil was made the Gujarat tBJP chief he faced some opposition while Vijay Rupani has been accused of being a remote-controlled chief minister.
Patil who is originally a Marathi had faced some opposition and during a welcome rally in Surat, some of his posters had been defaced by protestors.
Interestingly, the defacing did not cover the picture of Deputy chief minister Nitin Patel while all other leaders in the poster in Surat had their faces defaced.
But despite the internal bickering, Patil proved his control over the organisation by winning all the three major elections in the state after he took over.
Vijay Rupani since he took over from former chief minister, Anandiben Patel in 2017 has been often mocked as a remote-controlled chief minister. Congress has also termed him as a rubber stamp CM, implying that he does not hold much power.
Even farmer leader Rakesh Tiketa had recently called Rupani a remote-controlled CM stating that India had freedom but Gujarat was a prisoner of the Centre. The 2017 Assembly elections had also seen Rahul Gandhi commenting that the Gujarat administration was controlled by the Centre and that Rupani was a rubber stamp and Amit Shah was steering the ship.
Similar allegations had been made by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
BJP: administration and party at loggerheads
CR Patil had after taking over the reins in Gujarat had carried out rallies across the state. His speeches in Saurashtra and North Gujarat, particularly the one in Rajkot had indirectly pointed at the Gujarat administration.
He had at that time said that no one should expect a ticket just because the CM is from Rajkot. He had also opposed giving tickets to Congress turncoats who recently joined the party.
The comments had created friction between the administration and the party and the matter had also reached Amit Shah who had asked both the warring parties to concentrate on winning the bypolls for the eight assembly seats.
Despite the warring, the BJP won the eight assembly by-polls and in the first phase of the civic body, pols did a clean sweep of the six municipal corporations. It then put up a very good performance in the second phase that covered the district, taluka panchayats, and nagarpalikas.
Needless to say, CR Patil and Vijay Rupani did their bit and worked together to ensure BJP’s victory in Gujarat.
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