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The Next Humbling?

The BJP faced a rash of protests in the lead-up to the civic polls

The Next Humbling?
Mayur Bhatt
The Next Humbling?
outlookindia.com
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  • The Fear: State promulgated two ordinances in October to postpone polls, as they wouldn't be "free and fair"
  • The Spoiler: Hardik Patel and his Patidars are on the warpath; BJP can't even put up candidates in their strongholds
  • The Strategy: The party introduces delimitation to stymie rivals' chances; this has been challenged in the SC

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Rarely has a chief minister campaigned so hard in local body elections as Gujarat’s CM Anandiben Patel in the last few weeks. The results, expected in the first week of December, will indicate how successful her eff­orts have been. They are also expected to determine the future course of politics in the state, and the chief minister's own political fortunes.

Partial drought, which affected parts of the state, the agitation by an influential section of Patidars and the resentment among them for putting their wannabe leader Hardik Patel in...

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