Mass agitation to electoral battle: litmus test for BJP rebel

Gujarat elections

"There are examples in the state like Mahagujarat and JP movements where leaders have gained in electoral battle following a mass movement. So, I am hopeful for Kalsaria," said another veteran political observer Prakash Shah.

"I don't think we will have to worry about four-cornered contest. On the contrary, it will be a friendly fight between GPP, Congress and our Manch and that will take major BJP vote share away from it," said Kalsaria.

He is also confident on changing his constituency this time. "Villages which were affected by proposed and now cancelled Nirma cement plant are equally distributed in Mahuva and Gariydhar Talukas".

To bring his point home, he is citing his successful 'testing' of his movement's political acceptability.

During the anti-cement plant agitation, Kanubhai and his team under the 'Sadbhavna Manch' won 9 seats out of 27 it had contested in Mahuva Taluka Panchayat and had won 2 seats out of 8 it contested in the Bhavnagar District Panchayat.

"Kalsaria in Mahuva region is like Keshubapa (former CM and GPP leader Keshubhai Patel) as villagers in this area are either fascinated by him or have respect for him. But only time will tell if they are his voters or not," said one BJP

city office-bearer in Gariyadhar.

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