The induction of new members in BJP suggests the party has not only included powerful and influential members of the society but has also done a careful caste calculation.
The party has tried to bring
balance in its cadres by offsetting the induction of Mandhatasinh Jadeja,the prince of the erstwhile Rajkot state with that of Kiran Patel,an educationist and top businessman from Rajkot.
Jadeja represents Darbar community which has always been with the Congress party.
On the other hand,BJP has traditionally relied on Patels in the region. Both the communities are considered arch rivals in Gujarat politics. Some seats like that of Gondal have witnessed large-scale violence because of the rivalry between the two communities.
While Jadejas inclusion will help BJP make an appeal to Darbars and Rajputs,Kiran Patel may help the saffron party fill the void it has been feeling after sitting MP Vallabh Kathiria turned rebel two years back.
Although Kathiria is back after tendering a conditional apology,his anti-Modi rhetoric is not likely to get him ticket this time.
The method in which two functions to welcome Jadeja and Patel in the BJP fold were conducted also speaks volume about the partys strategy.
Dhansukh Bhanderi,a former Mayor and Rajkot party president and a popular Patel leader in the region,went to the Ranjit Vilas Palace with current city president Nitin Bhardwaj to welcome Kiran Patel,while youth wing leaders from Darbar community were present at Hemu Gandhvi Hall on Saturday to welcome Jadeja.
Both Jadeja and Patel will be given a formal entry in the party along with rebels on Sunday at a function at Race Course Ground.
I am impressed with the growth Gujarat has made under the leadership of Modi. I will be happy to contribute, said Patel.
Jadeja,whose father Manoharsinh Jadeja was a
Congressman and the state finance minister,quoted similar reasons for his joining the party.
The BJP is the present of Gujarat. This is the party which is bringing growth to the state, he said.