New Delhi, Dec 11: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) can emerge as the single largest party in Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017, but it would not be easy for the party to get the 150 Plus target that it has been boasting of, says Zee Hindustan and Zee Regionals CEO Jagdeesh Chandra in an analysis. During Zee Media’s show ‘A Dialogue With JC’, Chandra observed the Gujarat polls closely, and called it ‘the most difficult election’ for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also Read - PM Narendra Modi Thanks Varun Dhawan For His Donation Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
Referring to the general feeling in the country, Chandra said that the BJP can form the government in Gujarat, but it would not be easy to achieve the target the party is boasting of. He has pointed out that in Surat especially, BJP could face some issues because of the anger in business class against Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Demonetisation. (Also Read: Rahul Gandhi’s 13th question to Modi) Also Read - ‘Shameful Indian Citizens Treated Like This,’ Says Rahul Gandhi on Exodus of Migrants Due to Lockdown
However, Chandra added that leaders like Hardik Patel, Jignesh and Alpesh Thakore will not be able to trouble BJP in Gujarat. It is Mani Shankar Aiyar’s ‘Neech’ remark that may go against the Congress with Modi having used this term “very efficiently” in favour of him by connecting it with Gujarati pride, said the analysis. But Chandra has not ruled out any ‘miracle’ in these elections. Also Read - 'Mann Ki Baat' Today: PM Modi's First Radio Address After India Entered Into Lockdown Mode to Fight COVID-19
Even as he admitted that the crowd at some of Modi’s rallies in Gujarat was relatively less, Chandra said that the youth and Gujarat voters still owned Modi as their man. He said that UP Local elections and issues like Triple Talaq may also work in BJP’s favour in Gujarat polls.
Referring to Rahul Gandhi’s Somnath temple entry as non hindu a below level politics, Chandra said BJP is fighting these elections with Modi’s face in front and Congress is also engaged in opposing the PM. “Local issues are not seen in these elections although the three youth leaders are trying their best to raise those issues,” said Chandra in his analysis.