The patidars have been an important force in propelling the BJP to power and keeping the party in control since 1998.
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In the 182-seat Gujarat Assembly, the Patidars are a major factor in about 16 seats – 9 of them are in Saurashtra, 3 in North Gujarat and 4 in Surat. Apart from these, there are almost 55 seats in Gujarat where the Patels play a decisive role.
PM Modi’s connection with Rajkot goes back a long way. In 2002, he won his first election in Rajkot-II constituency, which paved the way for him to become the longest serving chief minister in the state until 2014 when he was elected prime minister. Indian.
The BJP lost a substantial portion of Patidar’s vote in the 2015 local elections that followed Patidar’s turmoil. The largely agrarian community of Patidars put its weight behind the Congress which won 134 of the 230 total tehsil panchayats, while the BJP had just 67 left. The saffron party’s rural vote was eaten up by its rival. However, in the 2017 Assembly election, the party reversed its losses by course-correcting in the intervening years between 2015 and 2017. The BJP swept the election in 2017 and the Patidar factor appeared to have a limited impact.
Naresh Patel said Aam Aadmi Party, Aam Aadmi Party, Congress and BJP which started out in Gujarat all extended an invitation to him.
Meanwhile, ahead of Gujarat Assembly elections later this year, Pm Modi has already visited his home state 3 times in the space of 22 days. In April, he launched the Global Patidar Business Summit virtually which brought together entrepreneurs of all sizes from the community.
On Saturday, May 28, the Gujarat BJP machinery pulled out all the stops to make the Prime Minister’s Atkot event one of the biggest rallies addressed by a political leader in recent times.
On Sunday, Shah will attend an event organized by Panchamrut Dairy and address a rally at Godhra in Panchmahal district. He also has various other commitments during the weekend visit.
Gujarat’s cooperative success story is hailed as a benchmark and model for other states. Incidentally, the Patidar community also wields considerable influence over cooperatives, which are basically jointly owned enterprises where members share the profits or benefits. Thanks to this dynamic, the cooperatives have forged strong community ties between their members. Their presidents and elected representatives have become pressure points for political parties to win the support of cooperative members.
Reports indicate that at least a third of the state’s population is directly or indirectly linked to the approximately 84,000 cooperatives in Gujarat which cover sectors such as dairy and animal husbandry, agriculture, fisheries, consumption , irrigation, cooperative banks and APMCs.