Updated: September 11, 2021 6:45:53 pm
Soon after Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani submitted his resignation to Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat, the principal opposition party Congress alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has made Rupani a “scapegoat” to “hide its mismanagement during the pandemic” in Gujarat.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Amit Chavda said, “This government has been an abject failure on all fronts. We knew that the state government in Gujarat was remote controlled from Delhi and the manner in which Anandiben was asked to resign without completing her term, in the same manner, Vijay Rupani has also not been allowed his full term. The BJP is hiding its failures and making Rupani a scapegoat. The internal dispute within the Gujarat BJP was apparent since CR Paatil was chosen as the Gujarat BJP president and today it has reached its pinnacle. The government had failed in COVID management, over three lakh people died in first and second wave, lakhs of youth are unemployed in the state and farmers are committing suicide. Bhajpa ne Rupani ka Bhog Lagaya hai apni vifalta chupane ke liye aur Gujarat ki janta ye jaan chuki hai.”
Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party Gujarat general secretary Manoj Sorathiya said, “After 27 years of governance in Gujarat, if the BJP has to change its CM then it shows its poor state. The AAP has been working extremely hard for the past 1.5 years in Gujarat and has performed well in the recent local body polls. Due to which today the BJP has gone on defensive mode.”
AAP state president Gopal Italia, under whose leadership the party made some inroads in the local body elections in Gujarat, said, “It is the tradition of the BJP to change chief ministers. After the earthquake in 2001, then chief minister Keshubhai Patel was changed. Later, Anandiben Patel was replaced as CM during the Patidar quota agitation which started in 2015. Now, it is Rupani’s turn. The reason behind changing the CM in Gujarat is that BJP leaders are power-hungry. They don’t want to lose their power in the state.”
Italia, a Patidar, was formerly associated with the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) launched by Hardik Patel.
AAP is now the largest opposition party in the Surat Municipal Corporation, having won 27 of the 120 seats in the polls held in February.
Italia claimed that BJP, which had been ruling Gujarat for last 27 years, has failed in all the sectors, be it education, health, business or agriculture.
He added, “During our Jan Samvedna Yatra, which started in June and is still continuing, we are reaching out to each and every corner of the state. We are trying to highlight the government’s failure in handling Covid-19 and other issues. People have started supporting AAP now. Even in places where we don’t have a cadre base, people are turning up in large numbers to listen to us. This shows our acceptability is growing day by day. So, the BJP is afraid of us. Earlier, the people of Gujarat did not have any option. But now, AAP is offering them the best alternative…Actually, BJP has crumbled under this pressure created by AAP and this has resulted in the resignation of Rupani as CM.”
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