Rajkot: With their callousness on display, BJP leaders in Gujarat told women complaining of water paucity that they were only getting as per the percentage of votes he got in the last Assembly elections. (Catch All Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Action Here)

When women protesting against the water crisis in Kanesara village of Rajkot district said, “We aren’t getting water that government has to give us,” Gujarat’s Water Supply Minister Kunwarji Bavaliya said, “Despite my request in the last election, you gave me 55% votes.”

As if that wasn’t enough, former BJP MLA Bharat Boghara added, “so you are getting water up to that mark.”

Bavaliya had left Congress after the Assembly election results and was sworn in as Water Supply minister in the BJP government. With the entry of Bavaliya, who hails from Saurashtra, the BJP is hoping to attract voters from his Koli community. Kolis have a sizable presence in Saurashtra where the party didn’t fare too well.

The Koli community is present in large numbers in at least 20 Assembly constituencies in Saurashtra, which sends four MPs to the Lok Sabha. Bavaliya, a five-time MLA from Jasdan, represented Rajkot in the Lok Sabha during 2009-2014. He was also the working president of state Congress twice.