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telegraphindia.com 13 Sep, 2021 00:00 am

BJP operation to project a new face has deepened anxieties in the rudderless Gujarat Congress

BJP operation to project a new face has deepened anxieties in the rudderless Gujarat Congress
The Opposition party, which almost uprooted the saffron camp in 2017 polls, has been waiting for months for a new state unit chief and general secretary in-charge

A senior leader told The Telegraph from Ahmedabad: “The BJP has addressed a major demand of the aggrieved Patidars by appointing the chief minister from their community.” While the outgoing chief minister Vijay Rupani was hardly a factor in Gujarat politics as the entire management was done by Modi and Amit Shah from Delhi, the BJP has assuaged the feelings of Patidar community with the choice of Bhupendra Patel, blunting a lethal electoral plank of the Congress.Now the new chief minister, a confidant of former chief minister Anandiben Patel, who too was opposed to Shah and close to Modi, will work in tandem with the state chief,” the Congress leaders said.The Congress central leadership was quick to describe the change of guard in Gandhinagar as a ploy to divert attention from the disastrous governance, amplified during the Covid-19 crisis, but the state leaders unanimously believe that they failed to take advantage.

Senior leaders of the Gujarat Congress conceded on Sunday that the BJP central leadership had intervened in time to stem the rot while their high command was “shockingly disinterested”.“In our organisation, every leader is on his own; there is no attempt by the central leadership to build a cohesive team,” they added.

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