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Hindutva Pattern in forthcoming Gujarat election.


The Hindutva Pattern of  BJP and AAP in Gujarat elections; What the mainstream media houses are saying. 

There was no hue and cry on Hindutva matters in Gujarat before the phase of Assembly Election emerges in the state. Here are some reports/articles published by the mainstream media with others as a criticism of BJP’s effort of engineering the Hindutva in election politics. The political rivalry of Aam Aadmi Party with BJP also holds the edge of Hindutva in another way. Republishing those is not the endorsement of the views expressed in these reports/articles so far.

BJP falls back on familiar Hindutva card as Gujarat polls near

Darshan Desai writes in The Telegraph on 27.11.2022.

The BJP is rolling out the Hindutva artillery as the first round of polling nears in Gujarat, somewhat relegating the so-called “development plank” to the background.

J.P. Nadda, the party’s national president, on Saturday promised to launch an “anti-radicalisation cell to identify and eliminate all threats of destabilisation as well as the sleeper cells of radical groups, terrorist organisations and anti-India forces”.

The declaration, made while releasing the BJP’s election manifesto with just over 96 hours left for voting to kick off, came less than 24 hours after Union home minister Amit Shah asserted at poll rallies that his party had established “permanent peace in Gujarat” after Congress-supported perpetrators of violence were “taught a lesson” in 2002.  [Read in full here]

BJP turns to time-tested Hindutva

Darshan Desai writes in The Free Press Journal on 26.11.2022.

All its development hard sell notwithstanding, the BJP is returning to its Hindutva formula in the Gujarat election as Party President JP Nadda on Saturday promised creation of an “Anti-radicalisation Cell” to identify and eliminate potential threats as well as sleeper cells of terror organisations and anti-India forces, while it will implement the Uniform Civil Code. ……

This comes a day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah recalling the 2002 communal riots in the State at election rallies on Friday when he asserted, “The BJP had taught them (Muslims) a lesson and ushered in permanent peace in Gujarat”. ….

“We will build a Devbhumi Dwarka Corridor to establish it as western India’s biggest spiritual centre. It will have the world’s tallest Sri Krishna statue, ED immersive Bhagawat Gita zone and a viewing gallery for the lost city of Dwarka,” the manifesto stated.  [Read in full here]

How Gujarat fell in love with Hindutva politics

Hilal Ahmed writes  in TOI + on 16.11. 2022

Interestingly, CSDS-Lokniti Gujarat assembly election survey 2022 finds almost two-thirds of the respondents claiming that they are satisfied with the Gujarat state government’s performance. Although it is too early to comment on the outcomes of the assembly election based on this finding, the overwhelming satisfaction with BJP confirms that Hindutva hegemony actually sets the terms of the electoral discourse in the state. [Read in full here]

AAP in Electoral Discourse, But Thy Vs My Hindutva May Not Work

Tarique Anwar writes in  News Click on 24.11.2022

For the first time since 1995, Gujarat is witnessing a three-cornered contest in the Assembly elections, with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seemingly better placed than Congress or the debutant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). This is a major shift from the two-party dominance over the state’s politics.

Former chief ministers and stalwart leaders, such as Chimabhai Patel, Shankersinh Vaghela and Keshubhai Patel, in the past attempted to disrupt the bipolar polity, but failed miserably. [Read in full here]

‘Hindutva’ matters to common Gujaratis, says Alpesh Thakor

Sheenu Sharma prepared it of India TV on 24.11.2022 

Common Gujaratis, even backward classes, associate themselves with Hindutva and it cannot be disassociated from social justice, BJP leader Alpesh Thakor said today. Thakor, who was once termed an outsider in his erstwhile constituency Radhanpur in Patan district, is now a star campaigner for the BJP candidate, Lavinjai Thakor.

He came into limelight in the last assembly polls as the convener of the Gujarat Kshatriya Thakor Sena and the OBC-SC-ST Ekta Manch and won his first election from Radhanpur as a Congress candidate. In 2019, he resigned from the Congress and the Assembly to join the BJP. However, he lost the subsequent Assembly bypoll. [Read in full here]

Hindutva: Back to basics for Gujarat BJP

Dilip Singh Kshatriya writes in TNIE on 23.11.2022

Frontloading its development agenda with the ‘double-engine’ push, the BJP in Gujarat is reinforcing its campaign pitch with tried-and-tested Hindutva formula. Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday sought to own up the removal of encroachments built across the key districts allegedly by a particular community, saying that Congress was unable to perform its duty due to vote bank politics.

At a rally in the Khambhat assembly constituency in Ananad district, Shah listed demolition works done by the BJP in Muslim areas, saying ‘fake mazars’ were removed from the residence of Lord Krishna’s Dwarka, an island near Gujarat’s Okha town. [Read in full here]

Is AAP Playing Hindu Card In Gujarat? 

NDTV discussion on Guharat Election telecast on 29.10.2022

When asked if the AAP is playing the Hindu card ahead of Gujarat polls, Ahmedabad Mirror’s Group Editor Ajay Umat says, “The Hindu card is the only card left with them and they are very defensive on ground.” He further added that AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal doesn’t have a face in Gujarat. [Watch here]

BJP vs AAP: Competitive Majoritarianism In Gujarat? 

NDTV discussion on Guharat Election telecast on 28.10.2022

Arvind Kejriwal has asked for gods and goddesses on currency notes. From the BJP to the AAP, is the Gujarat election now centred around the Hindu card? [Watch here]

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