Issuing an alarm bell for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from within its own ranks in the closely observed Gujarat elections, the party’s Member of Parliament (MP) from Pune, Sanjay Kakade, has predicted defeat for his party in the neighbouring state. According to him, the predictions he received via a survey he conducted have revealed a shocking situation for the party. In fact, he has said that even an alliance may not help the BJP come back to power in this scenario.
Voting has ended in the second phase of Gujarat’s Assembly elections, with most exit polls predicting a pro-BJP situation in the state. Polling was held for 93 Assembly seats in 14 districts in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who led an aggressive election campaign for the BJP in recent months
Speaking to Mirror about this survey and his predictions, Kakade said, “This time around, the situation is grave for the BJP. It has been in power for the longest time and there is a possibility that anti-incumbency will affect us. Apart from this, the fact is that the Muslim population is unhappy with us to a large extent. Since Modi became PM, he could not concentrate on state issues the way he used to when he was the chief minister. In the last three years, there has been no suitable candidate to replace him as CM. The way Hardik Patel was recently tackled by releasing a ‘sex CD’ of his was also a mistake. The development could not become an agenda throughout the campaign. Considering all these factors, the people I sent to Gujarat to conduct a survey gave me the feedback that BJP will not perform the way it did in the last election.”