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Anti-Rupala stir by Kshatriyas turns anti-BJP across Gujarat

Updated: Apr 20th, 2024

Rajput Sankalan Samiti has decided to go all out and oppose the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on all 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat.

At a meeting held on Apr 19, the Samiti took a series of steps to oppose the BJP, including public protests, symbolic fast by Kshatriya women and religious procession in five zones. 

A comment by BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Rajkot, Parshottam Rupala, that kings bowed down to foreign rulers due to persecution and married their women to them, at an event in Rajkot last month, had left the Kshatriya community at loggerheads with the BJP. 

Ignoring the ultimatum of the Kshatriya community, union minister Rupala went ahead and filed his  nomination form on Apr 19. 

The party backing Rupala and not cancelling his candidature has turned the Kshatriya community bitter and they have upped the ante against the BJP.

Meanwhile, the Kshatriya community called off the plan of fielding over 200 women in Rajkot, citing “not to waste money and benefit Rupala”.

The Rajput Sankalan Samiti instead unanimously decided  to launch a statewide campaign to raise awareness against the BJP.

Plan of action by Rajput Sankalan Samiti 

-Public protests against the BJP across 26 Lok Sabha seats and vote for a capable candidate.

-Organising meetings in villages across Gujarat urging people to vote against the BJP.

-Waving saffron flags instead of black flags in protest at BJP’s public meetings.

-One-day symbolic fast by Kshatriya women across all districts.

-Religious processions in five zones from Apr 22 at religious places to create awareness for voting against the BJP.

-Planning for anti-BJP voting in every village, city, and booth.

-Call for the Kshatriya community to vote against the BJP on polling day on May 7.

-Make the protests nationwide.

On the other hand, BJP leaders, including state president CR Patil and former chief minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, have asked the Kshatriyas to back Rupala in Rajkot.

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