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Gujarat Assembly Election: Bhupendra Patel is the fifth chief minister from the Patidar community, a kingmaker, a big challenge to convince the community before the Gujarat elections

Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel.

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Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel is considered close to Home Minister Amit Shah and former Chief Minister Anandiben Patel. When he was elected as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, his name was not even in the probable list.

Gujarat Assembly Elections (Gujarat Assembly Election 2022)’s enthusiasm is now increasing rapidly. Where the temperature of the politics of the state is now rising. There is a BJP government in Gujarat for the last 25 years. BJP is registering victory in six consecutive elections. At the same time, now the seventh time is busy preparing for victory. Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel (CM Bhupendra PatelFor the first time in 2017, BJP had a poor performance in the state. In this election, BJP was reduced to 99 seats. While the performance of CongressM was the best in the last five elections. In Gujarat, the Chief Minister was changed to improve the BJP so that the anti-incumbency wave among the people could also be reduced. There itself. This time CM Bhupendra Patel also has a challenge to prove himself as there is pressure to perform better than the 2017 elections.

In fact, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel is considered close to Home Minister Amit Shah and former Chief Minister Anandiben Patel. When he was elected as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, his name was not even in the probable list. At the same time, when the BJP appointed Bhupendra Patel as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, it was decided that there was a challenge to strengthen the weakening BJP in the Patidar community. Vijay Rupani comes from the Jain community, due to which the Patidar community did not openly vote for the BJP in the 2017 elections. At the same time, Bhupendra Patel has a challenge to make deep inroads in the Patidar society. However, Bhupendra Patel is not considered to have a strong hold in South and Saurashtra. Bhupendra Patel may be considered a grassroots leader. He is seen as the leader of the Kadva Patidar. In the 2022 assembly elections, Bhupendra Patel has to further strengthen his hold in the Patidar community, which is considered the strongest in Gujarat.

BJP’s stand changed after Patidar agitation in Gujarat

The BJP did not perform satisfactorily in the 2017 assembly elections in Gujarat. The Patidar movement in August 2015 is believed to be behind this. There was a sudden influx of people on the streets of Gujarat. Hardik Patel emerged as the main face of this crowd. He was leading the Patel reservation movement. Hardik’s demand was that Patidars should be given OBC status. They got reservation in government jobs and education. The same, the effect of this movement was seen in the whole of Gujarat. Since this movement, the BJP’s hold in the Patidar community started to weaken. In the result of the 2017 assembly elections, the number of seats of BJP decreased due to the displeasure of the Patidars. Now BJP has replaced Bhupendra Patel as Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. As the Chief Minister, he has been entrusted with the responsibility of removing the displeasure of the Patidar community.

Power of Patidar Community in Gujarat

There is a very famous saying in Gujarat that P se Patidar and P Se Power. The power of the Patdars in the politics of Gujarat is that wherever they turn, the attitude of power turns there. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the Chief Minister of Gujarat till 2014, the Patidar community supported the BJP openly.

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Know why Patidar is the kingmaker in Gujarat?

Let us inform that the Patidar population in Gujarat is only 15 percent but they are overwhelming at 85 percent. Patidars are called kingmakers in the politics of Gujarat. Before 1995, when Patidar was with Congress, then Congress government was formed in Gujarat. When he came with BJP after 1995, till date no one has been able to shake BJP in Gujarat. It has been the tradition of Patidars to go with whichever party they go with. There was no room left for their disintegration. After nearly two decades, a time came when all was not well between the Patidars and the BJP. Due to this, the top leadership of BJP in Gujarat has handed over the command of Chief Minister to Bhupendra Patel so that the resentment towards BJP in the Patidar community can be reduced.

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