Gujarat Poll Campaign : No “Vikas”, Only PolarisationAs the Gujarat Election has become a prestige point for the PM of the country, the poll campaigning is heating up. The PM has himself taken charge of the campaign and many ministers are also helping him. The BJP, a rightist party, has been ruling the state for last twenty two years and advertising "Gujarat Model" of "Vikas". The process started with controversies over the delay in poll announcement by the EC and declaration of so many bounties to the state.
The congress, a secular party, is also trying hard to regain power in this state which has been a religiously polarised state since state wide riots in 2002. They are trying their luck with caste equations and soft Hindutva. The party vice president has been visiting temples as far as possible.
As the poll dates are approaching, both the national parties have been talking on religious lines rather than mentioning any "vikas plans" for the state.
We notice from the data available that the state is lagging in social parameters like health, education and nutrition. Unemployment has been a grave issue for a long. No party has made these issues as the issues of campaigning. Ironically, the PM, an advocate of " Vikas", is concentrating on harsh remarks on the Congress party, Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and talking on religious lines. Some remarks are not commensurate with his constitutional position.
The politics of polarisation is a dangerous trend for the country. Please opine.