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Patidar quota no longer an issue, says BJP

AMRELI: The BJP has claimed the reservation call for via Patidars in Gujarat is no longer an factor and expressed self belief that the neighborhood will vote for it within the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Various Patidars within the state's Saurashtra area are engaged in agricultural activities, and the opposition Congress has accused the government of going again on its guarantees to farmers, specifically the crop insurance coverage scheme.

However, a pacesetter from the ruling BJP feels their Rs 6,000 annual source of revenue scheme for farmers will a "game changer" within the Lok Sabha polls.

Notably, the Patidar reservation agitation become a dominant narrative impacting the result of the 2017 state Assembly polls, in particular in Saurashtra which has a vital inhabitants of the neighborhood.

Out of 49 Assembly seats across seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Saurashtra, the Congress bagged 30, whilst the BJP may simplest win 18 and the NCP were given one.

Firebrand leader Hardik Patel, who led the statewide agitation in 2015 not easy reservation advantages for the Patidar neighborhood, not too long ago joined the Congress and has been campaigning for the opposition birthday party within the Saurashtra area.

However, the ruling BJP, which received 99 out of overall 182 Assembly seats within the 2017 Gujarat polls, has taken several steps to deal with the Patidar neighborhood's grievances, including implementation of 10 per cent quota for general category deficient.

The saffron birthday party, which received all 26 Lok Sabha seats within the state in 2014, is seeking to retain them this time also as it believes the youth will enhance it.

"During the last Assembly elections, we suffered because the youth were against us. Our seats in the Assembly decreased. Now the youth are with us, with Narendra Modi, they are supporting us on nationalism. We will not lose any Lok Sabha seat in the state," mentioned Union minister Mansukh Mandaviya, who's the BJP's Saurashtra zone in-charge.

Referring to the earlier Patidar quota agitation, he mentioned, "You can deceive a neighborhood for a while, however now not for lengthy...the ( Patidar) protest was politically motivated via the Congress to win elections."

However, Arjun Sosa, president of Congress' Amreli district unit, which is available in Saurashtra area, claimed farmers aren't happy with the Modi govt as "it did little to help them when they suffered from crop losses."

Cotton, groundnut and castor are the primary crops grown within the area, and deficient rainfall adversely affected the crop output this 12 months.

Bharat Padsala, a farmer from Kerala village in Amreli, mentioned, "Nobody in our village has got crop insurance claim, despite paying the premium. The state government, however, paid up to Rs 11,600 as part of financial assistance to scarcity-hit areas."

The Congress has also tried to play up the alleged Rs four,000 crore groundnut scam in Saurashtra wherein the crop procured from farmers was sold to millers and replaced with adulterated subject material or set on fireplace.

However, 4 of its MLAs in Saurashtra, all from the Other Backward Classes (OBCs), not too long ago joined the BJP.

Some of its district panchayat members in Rajkot, Surendranagar and other districts within the area also switched over to the BJP within the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections.

To seek votes from farmers in Saurashtra, the BJP is banking at the Rs 6,000 annual source of revenue scheme for farmers, making crop insurance plans as voluntary, and efforts to fill dams within the area as a part of the SAUNI Scheme (Saurashtra Narmada Avataran Irrigation Yojana).

"The annual income scheme is a game changer, as farmers have already got Rs 2,000 in their accounts and will get another Rs 4,000. We have also decided to make the compulsory crop insurance scheme as voluntary, which farmers have accepted," Amreli BJP MP Dileep Sanghani mentioned.

"Also, as chairman of the National Federation of State Cooperative Banks, I have ensured that farmers are not asked to pay interest if they have failed to repay their loan by March 31. They can now repay their loans till June 30 without paying the interest," he mentioned

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