The Gujarat elections are seen as very crucial elections for the Congress party after they faced humiliating defeat in Uttar Pradesh along with Samajwadi Party.
The Congress banked on Patidar agitation which broke out 2 years back and tried to divide the votes of Patidars which mainly supported BJP. It was well known that Congress played a significant role in escalating the patidar agitation using Hardhik Patel to defeat BJP. But however looks like the equations have changed again and Congress has not been able to gain much out of it.
This report is said to have been submitted to the Congress high command after an internal survey was conducted by the Party workers. The Economic Times reported, party sources said a study was indeed carried out to gauge the mood of the communities ahead of the assembly polls later this year. However senior Congress leader Arjun Modvadia said there were no such audits and that by far all the surveys conducted by the party had shown a strong undercurrent towards the party.
The report said although the state witnessed revolt against BJP after the Patidar agitation, the inability of Congress party to bring hope in people has completely turned the equations and BJP has gained popularity again. The only people who are likely to benefit from Patidar agitation are the independent candidates said the report.
Tejashree Patel, one of the MLAs who had resigned from Congress ahead of the recent Rajya Sabha elections, had told ET that Congress had gained in the 2015 local body elections due to the disenchantment among the Patidars towards the government, but her pleas to the Congress leadership to make efforts to attract the community towards the party had fallen on deaf ears reported ET.