Mudda panellists feel questions are being raised on what was Modi’s 2014 election plank and the Congress did make life difficult for the BJP before squandering its gains with temple visits
Thursday’s edition of Mudda, APN’s daily current affairs show, discussed Gujarat’s upcoming assembly elections. Moderated by Himanshu Dixit, the guests were BJP spokesperson Ashok Goel, Congress spokesperson Ajay Verma, CPI leader Ameer Haider, political analyst Ravindra Singh and APN consulting editor Govind Pant Raju.
Ashok Goel said: “The BJP is fighting elections based on the good governance model, but the Congress is dragging it back to dark politics of casteism and racism. The people of Gujarat were always with the BJP and the results will prove that. They believe in Anandiben Patel, Amit Shah and Narendra Modi.”
To this, Ajay Verma said that the Congress’s agenda is fighting for those who lost their businesses due to the central government’s GST scheme. He also expressed his confidence that this time the Congress will form the government in the state. “We are not distracted. We are trying to bring the real face of the BJP before the people. We are honestly working to spread awareness among the people and on real issues. Gujarat has not forgotten demonetisation and GST—the days when their businesses took a hit and most lost their businesses,” he said.
Amir Haider raised questions on the actual work done on ground after governments were formed following every election. He asked: “Why is Modi’s Gujarat model failing in the state? Questions are being raised on the model now—the model which became the high point of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaigns in 2014.”
Ravinder Singh commented on the tough fight that the Congress has put up before the BJP in Gujarat. He said: “The Congress has a new and meaningful agenda after a long time. But the language being used by the people from both the parties in the campaign is unfortunate. Anybody and everybody is campaigning—from godmen to goondas. It is not expected from them… I don’t think the BJP will win 150 seats. If Congress gets the votes based on their agenda, it will cost BJP their win in the state.”
Govind Pant Raju also talked about the head-to-head fight. He said: “The BJP is struggling to reinstate their leaders. And, this is because of the Congress. Though Congress started with a good agenda later they also started focusing on temple visits and the Ram Mandir issue, etc. These things have actually pushed their real agenda to the background.”
-Compiled by Usha Rani Das