Gujarat chief secy: Farm distress, unemployment led to voting against BJP

"One was farmer distress, farmers all throughout Gujarat, particularly in Saurashtra... they have expressed their distress, their anger by voting against the ruling party. Why has it been so?"

Written by Tanvir A Siddiqui | Ahmedabad | Updated: December 29, 2017 7:05 am
Gujarat Elections, BJP, Saurashtra, Congress, Gujarat Chief Secretary, J N Singh, Gujarat elections analysis, Indian Express In the assembly elections, the ruling BJP won 99 of 182 seats, down from its tally of 115 in 2012. The Congress won 77 seats; (inset) J N Singh

Gujarat Chief Secretary J N Singh Thursday said “farmer distress” and lack of “employment among youth” were “two factors” that “came out very strongly” during the assembly elections in the state this month and these sections “expressed their distress, their anger by voting against the ruling party”. He was speaking at the inauguration of the 12th regional office of the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) on the premises of the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI).

Singh told the gathering: “Another thing… which has come out during the elections… two factors came out very, very strongly. One was farmer distress, farmers all throughout Gujarat, particularly in Saurashtra… they have expressed their distress, their anger by voting against the ruling party. Why has it been so? There is some sort of feeling that things are not remunerative… and second factor is employment, employment among youth… employment all around.”

“I think this is an initiative… this AEPC coming here, and the boost to the garment sector… once we go into garment sector in a big way, it takes care of employment substantively. We wish that Gujarat should be a major garment hub… from all over Gujarat, unemployment should be taken care of,” he said.

In the assembly elections, the ruling BJP won 99 of 182 seats, down from its tally of 115 in 2012. The Congress won 77 seats. The BJP’s major losses were in the Saurashtra region where it got only 19 of 48 seats while the Congress got 28. In 2012, 30 of the 48 seats were with the BJP and the Congress had 15.

The electoral losses are being attributed to distress in the farms, especially over issues such as crop loans and low minimum support price (MSP) for groundnut and cotton. Singh said that if the garment sector receives a boost, “there will be greater consumption, greater utilisation of our own cotton and our own man made fibres (MMF), then weaving will also get a boost… when the engine moves, it takes (along) the entire trade, so engine at times becomes the garment sector when it moves… it takes the weaving sector, it will take the spinning sector and it will take the farm sector also”.

Recalling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘farm to fibre to fabric to fashion to foreign’ initiative, Singh said: “We have taken care of fibre to fabric… that also to some extent is happening… and fabric to fashion, that is what AEPC and others will do… and help Gujarat textile and garment export in a big way.”

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  1. Nirav Chauhan
    Dec 29, 2017 at 3:24 pm
    false news 3 stupid guys(Hardik,Jignesh,Alpesh) are just using innocent people for their career. Modi is best for gov rahul gandhi is stupid he using innocent people for his life to make comfortable.Modi's family is still middle class but rahul and his family has mahels even not done any job his own just doing politics
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    1. Nirav Chauhan
      Dec 29, 2017 at 3:22 pm
      false news 3 stupid guys(Hardik,Jignesh,Alpesh) are just using innocent people for their career. Modi is best for gov rahul gandhi is stupid he using innocent people for his like to make comfortable.
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      1. Sideon Sid
        Dec 29, 2017 at 10:49 am
        I thought Gujarat had become like Singapore and that there was no unemployment, poverty or farmer distress , due to 14 years of Modi . So even after 14 years of BJP govt, they have not been able to address basic issues of the people in Gujarat ?
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        1. KBD
          Dec 29, 2017 at 11:28 am
          actually, Gujrat is not poor but when we compare it rest of India it looks underdeveloped as rest of India is richer than the entire west japan korea put together let alone Singapore as India was under Congress rule for 64 years :)
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          1. Nirav Chauhan
            Dec 29, 2017 at 3:29 pm
            Gujarat have 24 x 7 electricity , more than 10 power companies , 25 GIDC's 15 Cities , 4 Metro cities its 52 population over cities kindly look other state people and gujarati you can imagine how good as compare to others in life style and speech . Congress is using deviding rules by cast the people they have not really sentiments with poors but they want they needs to be poor so they can keep earn votes, IN gujarat congress suppoerted region's people have thinking very negative and poor since long, and false news 3 stupid guys(Hardik,Jignesh,Alpesh) are just using innocent people for their career. Modi is best for gov rahul gandhi is stupid he using innocent people for his life to make comfortable.Modi's family is still middle class but rahul and his family has mahels even not done any job his own just doing politics
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        2. Suresh Patani
          Dec 29, 2017 at 9:27 am
          As chief secretary stop out sourcing of govt jobs it automatically will increase employment opportunities for youth and suggest retirement age from 58 to 56 will create more opportunities in govt and semi govt job
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          1. Dillip Patnaik
            Dec 29, 2017 at 8:31 am
            BJP is good at dividing the country into many states. Why don't Modi divide Gujarat into two sates, Saurashtra and Gujarat. The economy will be better.
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            1. venkateswarlu kommi
              Dec 29, 2017 at 9:28 am
              Goat only trusts its owner who is butcher who kills the same goat. Fools like u still trusting UPA(united pakis Alliance?) Who continue to divide Hindus. Most of the seats Congies won seats in Gujarat by dividing Hindus on SC,ST,BCs and Patels
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              1. KBD
                Dec 29, 2017 at 11:31 am
                that is true Venkateswarlu hope Hindus in rest of India understand this divide and rule policy of congress on the basis of caste
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              2. Nirav Chauhan
                Dec 29, 2017 at 3:27 pm
                Congress is using deviding rules by cast the people they have not really sentiments with poors but they want they needs to be poor so they can keep earn votes, IN gujarat congress suppoerted region's people have thinking very negative and poor since long, and false news 3 stupid guys(Hardik,Jignesh,Alpesh) are just using innocent people for their career. Modi is best for gov rahul gandhi is stupid he using innocent people for his life to make comfortable.Modi's family is still middle class but rahul and his family has mahels even not done any job his own just doing politics
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