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Modi showed a dream to Gujarat, now Kejriwal is selling a dream there SEDI News

The slogan of BJP in Gujarat a few decades ago was ‘Ek Tak BJPne’ i.e. one chance for BJP. Although the sound of ‘non-Congressism’ was being heard in Gujarat only in the 1950s, but in the 1985 assembly elections, Congress’s Madhav Singh Solanki won 149 seats out of a total of 182 and set a record, which Narendra Modi also used for his Hindutva, Could not break with the slogans of identity and development. That massive success of Solanki was largely due to the successful equation of Kham i.e. Kshatriya, Harijan, Adivasi and Muslim.

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But the anti-reservation and communal riots in 1985 quickly dented the Congress’s prospects. BJP launched ‘Ek Tak’ (One Chance) campaign. After nearly 25 years of rule in Gujarat, it is now Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal’s turn to seek a chance against the BJP. AAP’s slogan in Gujarat is ‘Ek Moko Kejriwalne’.

A shrewd leader like Kejriwal can always count on Modi’s BJP for inspiration, especially as the heat of assembly elections in Gujarat begins to set in. Long before he rode on Kejriwal’s anti-corruption slogan, Modi aggressively campaigned for his anti-corruption image and coined the Gujarati slogan: ‘Khato nathi ne khawa deto nathi’ which means, will not eat, will not eat. However, people working in various government departments in Gujarat will tell you that nothing like this happened. But the middle and aspirational class, which was fed the intoxicating drink of ‘development’ with a communal agenda, in the throes of anti-corruption, was ready to ignore the ground realities.

Modi wrote an open letter to Anna Hazare in support of the Lokpal Bill at the Center as Chief Minister, but he did not want a Lokpal in Gujarat. Anna Hazare’s applause helped both Modi and Kejriwal mobilize their political capital. But now both of them must have known that the effective Lokpal bill is good for selling the dream but it is difficult to implement it and it is even more difficult to face it.


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From middle class to VIP politics

Modi’s career in power politics begins with the communal riots of 2002 in Gujarat. For a few years, he adopted an aggressive and rebellious attitude, then came into a new realm with the agenda of development. Kejriwal capitalized on his angry, victimized, middle-class, non-VIP image. But he must have realized the meaninglessness of such politics in the long run, so he created the image of a leader who has given up aggression. Modi’s continuous campaigning bombs on voters and the strategy of shedding crores of public money also came to Kejriwal’s liking. Therefore full-page advertisements of the ‘achievements’ of Delhi and Punjab governments were also published in Gujarati newspapers.

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