In an interview with MAIL TODAY, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said there will be a divide in Muslim votes after the triple talaq verdict that will make BJP’s victory in the Assembly polls easier.
The BJP has chalked out its strategy to regain power in Gujarat for the fourth successive term. While the party is expecting the triple talaq verdict to repeat the UP success in Gujarat, the BJP-led government has enacted laws providing life imprisonment for cow slaughter and bootlegging.
In an interview with MAIL TODAY, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said there will be a divide in Muslim votes after the triple talaq verdict that will make BJP’s victory easier. He also ruled out that Patidar agitation in the Saurashtra region was a factor in the Assembly polls, saying his government has diluted the agitation by announcing financial assistance to students of this community.
“We are confident of winning over 150 seats in the Assembly elections. BJP will contest the election on the plank of development but other factors like triple talaq and the split in Congress party will bolster our prospects. The triple talaq verdict will advantage BJP like it did in UP Assembly polls,” Rupani said.
He added that the 13 Congress MLAs, who joined BJP recently, will only strengthen the party. “With formidable Patel leader Raghavji Patel of Jamnagar joining BJP, the back of Congress has been broken,” the CM said.
He added that the Gujarat government has enacted strong legislation that provides life imprisonment for cow slaughter. This, the CM said, is aimed at protecting milch animals and not to evoke religious sentiments ahead of elections.
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Similarly, all hookah bars have been shut down in the state as complete prohibition is already enforced on consumption of liquor. Anyone found selling or manufacturing illicit liquor will be dealt with strictly, Rupani said adding that the offence will also attract imprisonment for life.
The Gujarat government has also passed two legislations for regulating fee structures in private schools and regularising unauthorised colonies with over eight lakh houses. Rupani said the government will ensure that the refund of excess fee collected by schools. He also admitted that the BJP was slightly weak in central Gujarat, but with joining of congress defectors the party will emerge stronger.
Notably, these MLAs hold command over the Patidar community which has been agitating for reservations.
Asked about the emergence of a third front in the state, he said, “The people of Gujarat have never accepted the third front in the state. And in Gujarat it is only BJP and Congress who are the main competitors.” On his frequent references to PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for developing Gujarat, Rupani shared, “Modiji has achieved so much in his 13 years of chief ministership. I often seek his advice. Amit Shah is an experienced hand when it comes to governance. He gives valuable inputs on developmental fronts, hence I don’t see any crime if I consult them.
“As the CM, it’s my duty to ensure that justice is delivered and the last man of the society reaps the benefits of all round development in the state.”