BJP grapples with low voter turnout in Gujarat
he BJP in Gujarat is grappling with reports of lower voting turnouts elsewhere in the country in the second phase of polling last Thursday in an election that has not drawn much interest across the western state.
Ahead of polling day on Tuesday, Gujarat seems to be in a been-there-done-that frame of mind. It is a fifth Narendra Modi re-run; thrice for chief minister and now the second for premiership.
“Maahaul bilkul thanda hai (the election is absolutely dull),” said a paanwala who goes by the name Panditji in Navrangpura, which falls under Ahmedabad West Lok Sabha constituency. A short distance away lies Naranpura, an Assembly segment which was represented by BJP president Amit Shah before he entered the Rajya Sabha. Shah’s return to electoral politics in the adjoining Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency has not exactly revved up the BJP.