Voters in Gujarat will teach BJP a lesson this election: Gehlot
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said on Sunday there was a strong anti-incumbent wave against the BJP in Gujarat and voters would “teach them a lesson” in this assembly election.
Polling for the Gujarat assembly election will take place on December 1-5.
Inflation, rising unemployment and poor infrastructure are a cause for concern in Gujarat and people will vote on these issues, he told reporters on the sidelines of Rajasthan Digifest 2022 here.
“The roads used to be in good condition there, now they are not. Students are not getting jobs and are not being offered job opportunities. Even if they get jobs, their wages are low. Employees are unhappy. There is a lot of fear among the people of Gujarat,” the senior Congress official said.
”In the next election, people will teach them a lesson. There’s a huge anti-incumbent wave going on in the state that will show in the results of this election,’ he said.
The Gujarat assembly elections are witnessing a three-way contest between the ruling BJP, which has ruled the state for 24 years, the opposition Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by Arvind Kejriwal, who kicked off a high-pitched campaign.
Gehlot, a senior All India Congress Committee (AICC) observer for the elections in Gujarat, said people in the state were “fed up with unemployment and rising inflation”. “There is no model in Gujarat. It was Modi’s model that has been completely exposed now. People have understood that the employment problem is terrible and that there is inflation in the state,” he said. Gehlot also expressed confidence in the return of Congress to power in Himachal Pradesh. The Hill State went to the polls on Saturday.
He said the old pension scheme (OPS) had become a key issue in Himachal Pradesh, and Congress’ assurances of bringing it back if elected to power had struck a chord with voters.
”The scheme has become one of the major problems among state workers. The Congress will win the elections in Himachal Pradesh and one of the main reasons behind that would be the OPS,’ he said.
Regarding Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, Gehlot said that this initiative focuses on issues such as inflation and unemployment and ensures that no violence takes place in the country and that people live in love, peace and harmony. ”Rahul Gandhi’s aim is to ensure that the country functions according to the Constitution. However, they (the BJP) flouted the constitution. Journalists, writers or litterateurs have been imprisoned,” he said.
“Through this yatra, Rahul Gandhi Ji addresses these issues. This message reaches every home in the country. The impact of the yatra is felt in every house in the villages of this country,” he added. Gehlot declined to answer questions about his former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot and his claim to the post of chief minister of Rajasthan.
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