If the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) believes in a “twin-engine sarkar”, then its first competitor and face of Patel’s agitation, Hardik, is getting a head start – “the need for a three-engine sarkar “. “Not just at state or center level, even at local level like constituencies, voters should trust the BJP to reap the benefits of development,” Hardik Patel said, in an exclusive interview with News18.
From 2015 to 2022, a lot of water has passed for Patel, who chooses to refrain from the Patidar hustle and bustle that has hit the imaginations of youth with full force. He assures the unconditional support of the Patel community to the BJP for this election. “The entire community of Patel, spanning all regions, will rally behind the BJP in the next election… It was a house divided then, in 2017, but this election, the entire community in the state is with the BJP and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Patel said.
Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is also testing the ground in Gujarat this election, hopes to make an impact, but the youth leader refuses to acknowledge their presence on the ground. “There is no third party impact in Gujarat. It is election time. Every party has the right to challenge and people also listen to them but that does not mean it is converted into votes,” Patel said.
Reiterating that he will be Gujarat Vidhan Sabha’s youngest MP, Patel said his area of interest would be development work in Viramgam, the constituency from which he is running. “There has been a congressman here and in the last 10 years there has been no development. When I say triple engine, I mean representatives of the ruling party at all levels,” he said. -he declares.
You were the face of the Patidar turmoil. How is the experience of doing politics with the BJP?
In Gujarat, elections are not just about the Patels. People of all castes trust the BJP. This faith is for development and vision. The BJP, especially Prime Minister Narendra bhai Modi, has a vision for the country. Why would people go with parties that have no vision? The Prime Minister when he was CM of Gujarat was doing politics with a vision and he continued that even after becoming Prime Minister… that is why people love him so much.
But you have been to Congress and praised it and spoken out against the BJP… How was it received by people?
When the decision was made, the circumstances were different. When I entered politics, I realized that was wrong… Congress was against Gujarat gaurav and his asmita. I stand with the PM today to fight for the asmita of Gujarat.
There are many members of the BJP youth wing who had protested against you during the Patidar movement. How did you manage to get them on board?
There is no problem. The BJP was my father’s karmabhoomi. I have no problem understanding the party.
What is the percentage of Patidars in your constituency?
As a candidate, I do not do caste politics. For me, each caste is important. In elections, you have to bring all the castes and you can’t do one-caste politics.
What are your promises to voters in your constituency?
All are local issues. Congress has been in this constituency for 10 years and has hurt Viramgam. There is no development here. I need to get hospitals and colleges, water supply in a few areas, etc.
How do you feel when Rahul Gandhi comes here to campaign?
(Laughs) I feel like he should come. Every time he comes, we take advantage of it. Because when people who have no vision of Gujarat speak on behalf of the state, they are exposed. People then know who to contact.
But don’t the people of your village resent you for having changed your political party?
Absolutely not, ghar ka ladka hoon. Hi principal taklif samajhta hoon. Ghar ka ladka hoon, kaam ka ladka hoon (I am from this village and I know its problems. I will work for them).
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