Every election of a state is important to the state as it validates the mandate and wishes of the people in the state. But this Gujarat elections seems to have national implications, this shouldn’t come as a surprise looking at the vigour and tenacity with which national leaders are campaigning in Gujarat. Watch Republic TV’s associate editor Abhishek Kapoor gives an insight on why Gujarat elections 2017 has national implications.
For starters Gujarat is the home state of both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National chief Amit Shah and that in itself means that winning Gujarat is crucial for the Bharatiya Janata Party. For the Prime Minister, these elections will determine if the juggernaut that is Narendra Modi is still unbreakable or not.
The impact that BJP has had in elections from 2014, be it the general elections or the assembly elections, winning the Gujarat elections will be testimony to the same impact that BJP has, and hence Gujarat is all the more crucial for the national ruling party.
Another aspect why Gujarat elections is important is because this will be first mandate after key policy changes from the Modi government like Demonetisation and GST and those elections to have in a state like Gujarat where it had large impacts makes these elections paramount.
The Congress too, didn’t miss the opportunity as they campaigned to come back to power in the state by focusing on these policy changes and calling it a bad move by the Government. Now has Gujarat accepted the policy shakeups or will we see a change in power, we’ll know when the numbers roll-out on December 18.
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