Electors in the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat of Gujarat have still not decided that whether to ratify the BJP’s visions over ‘nationalism’ or else support the Congress that has promised to resolve local problems such as lack of jobs & inexpensive education for children.
This municipal seat was in the focus in 2014 when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had won it by beating Congress veteran Madhusudan Mistry by a margin of almost 5.7 lakh votes.
But, when Modi chose to be the MP from a state of Uttar Pradesh- Varanasi and stepped down from Vadodara. Then BJP’s Ranjanben Bhatt was provided with the ticket for the by-poll who had won this seat. Also, she has yet again been nominated by the BJP from Vadodara city.
In her posters for the campaign, Bhatt has advised people to elect for the nation’s security as well as “to teach Pakistan a lesson”. She has appealed the society to increase the optimism of soldiers as well as uproot terrorism.
On the other hand, Congress candidate Prashant Patel states that if he is elected, he will resolve the public’s problems that include issues such as unemployment & higher education costs.
Although BJP asserts that it is on the correct path by raising the issues of national significance. The Congress dubs it an “eyewash” for hiding the “failures” in dealing with essential issues relating to the common man.
Patel, who is the Congress’ city unit president as well as is fighting his 1st major poll. Local matters are at all times significant in an election.
“People vote for you to get basic amenities, like better and affordable education. Though the BJP is ruling the municipal corporation for the last 23 years, it did nothing. Now, raising the issue of nationalism is nothing but an eyewash to divert attention from its failures,” he adds.
Nonetheless, the spokesperson of Vadodara BJP-Mukesh Dixit states, “This is not a local body election, but a parliamentary poll…the Congress needs to understand this. If we had faltered in addressing local issues, we might not have been winning the civic polls here since 1995.”
“The Lok Sabha polls are always fought on national issues. Congress makes noise even if a gutter leaks in the city. They are doing this because they don’t have anything else to say,” he commented.