Why Ahmed Patel is key person for Rahul Gandhi, Congress in Gujarat election : Assembly Elections 2017, News
Ahmed Patel is from Bharuch the place Feroze Gandhi spent his childhood.
Ahmed Patel gained Bharuch Lok Sabha seat in 1977 when Indira misplaced her personal in Raebareli.
Ahmed Patel has been near Gandhi household since Rajiv Gandhi’s time.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has sharpened his deal with Gujarat election marketing campaign forward of Meeting polls. Rahul Gandhi has accomplished three phases of busy election campaigns and addressed over half-a-dozen rallies.
Rahul Gandhi started his third leg of election marketing campaign in Gujarat from Bharuch, a metropolis which has each deep emotional and political join with the Gandhi household. Rahul Gandhi’s grandfather, Feroze Gandhi spent his childhood in Bharuch and in addition visited the place after his marriage to Indira Gandhi.
Rahul Gandhi’s political reference to Bharuch is Ahmed Patel, the Chanakya of Congress and political advisor to celebration president Sonia Gandhi since 2001. Hailing from Bharuch, Ahmed Patel understands Gujarat politics higher than anyone else in Congress.
PATEL ON BJP’S TARGET
Ahmed Patel is the important thing determine for Rahul Gandhi’s plan for a Gujarat win this Meeting election. There are whispers in Congress circle that ought to the Congress win Gujarat Meeting election, Ahmed Patel could possibly be the chief ministerial candidate.
That is maybe the explanation why the BJP has focused Ahmed Patel instantly after the arrest of two Islamic State suspects. Earlier, the election to the Rajya Sabha in Gujarat noticed the BJP and Congress use all their may. The Congress one way or the other managed to get Ahmed Patel elected to the Rajya Sabha.
Now, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani calls for his resignation from the Rajya Sabha alleging that one of many Islamic State suspects labored in a hospital run by Ahmed Patel’s belief.
HOW AHMED PATEL GOT CLOSE TO GANDHI FAMILY?
Ahmed Patel’s political innings started throughout emergency days. Whereas individuals have been quitting the Congress of Indira Gandhi, he stored the celebration flag flying in south Gujarat. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from Bharuch in 1977, when even Indira Gandhi misplaced her seat in Raebareli. Patel was solely 28 then.
Ahmed Patel, nonetheless, noticed his fortunes altering when Rajiv Gandhi was on the helm of affairs. Two components labored in favour of Ahmed Patel. One, Rajiv Gandhi made a aware shift in Congress’s technique to encourage younger leaders. Rajiv Gandhi made him the overall secretary of the Congress.
Second was the duty to get the Jawahar Bhavan prepared for Pandit Jawaharlal Nehur’s beginning centenary celebrations. The Jawahar Bhavan challenge was delayed for over a decade.
In 1988, the then PM Rajiv Gandhi entrusted Patel to get the constructing prepared in a single 12 months’s time. Patel achieved the duty in time. Throughout his engaged on Jawahar Bhavan challenge, he got here shut not solely to Rajiv Gandhi however to his total household.
His proximity to the Gandhi household noticed him being pushed to the margins within the years after assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. Whereas PV Narsimha Rao was the prime minister, Ahmed Patel was merely a functionary within the Congress Working Committee.
When Sonia Gandhi took cost of the Congress in late 1990s, Ahmed Patel once more got here again into the scheme of issues of the celebration. In 2001, Ahmed Patel grew to become the political advisor of Sonia Gandhi.
Three years later, Sonia Gandhi and Ahmed Patel acquired higher of India Shining marketing campaign of Atal Bihari Vajpayee authorities. They repeated their electoral success in 2009. Nonetheless, all of the whereas, Ahmed Patel failed to interrupt the Narendra Modi’s electoral fort in Gujarat, his dwelling state.
With Narendra Modi transferring to the Centre, Ahmed Patel acquired energetic in Gujarat once more. He’s mentioned to have organised Gujarat Congress with renewed power. Earlier this 12 months, Ahmed Patel mentioned in an interview that this 12 months’s Meeting election was the very best probability for the Congress to win again Gujarat.
MUSLIM FACE BUT NOT A MUSLIM LEADER
Earlier than getting elected to the Rajya Sabha in August this 12 months, Ahmed Patel had already represented the state in Parliament seven instances. Ahmed Patel was elected to the Lok Sabha 3 times from Bharuch between 1977 and 1989. He has been a member of the Rajay Sabha since 1993.
After former Congress chief Ehsan Jafri, who was killed within the Gulbarg Society bloodbath throughout the 2002 Gujarat riots, Ahmed Patel is the one Muslim chief to symbolize the state in Parliament. Nonetheless, Ahmed Patel is just not often known as a pacesetter of Muslims in Gujarat.
Some experiences, apparently, counsel that he’s known as “Babubhai” in Bharuch, his former Lok Sabha constituency and in village – Piraman, his father was known as Kantibhai Patel. His father’s unique title was Mohammed Ishakji Patel.
Ahmed Patel has maintained his join with Bharuch though he stopped contesting election from the constituency. In 2005, he insisted that Bharuch was included within the first 5 districts to be lined below the then launched Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana.
Later, he labored to getting the Sardar Patel bridge to de-congest site visitors between Bharuch and its twin metropolis Ankleshwar. Narendra Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat then.
A POSSIBLE CM CANDIDATE
Many consider that if the Congress manages to cease the election profitable machine of Amit Shah and Narendra Modi in Gujarat, Ahmed Patel has the very best probabilities of turning into the chief minister of the state. Such a formulation would swimsuit the altering dynamics and management within the Congress.
Rahul Gandhi is quickly anticipated to turn out to be the Congress president as Sonia Gandhi is just not conserving in good well being and largely stays away from public conferences. Rahul Gandhi appears to be bringing contemporary and younger blood within the grand outdated celebration.
Ahmed Patel is accepted not solely to the nationwide Congress leaders but in addition to these in Gujarat. Ahmed Patel has lengthy been the voice of celebration excessive command within the Congress.
With the approaching retirement of Sonia Gandhi from energetic politics, a victory and a potential CM submit look a becoming reward for Ahmed Patel from the celebration’s management for the function that he has performed in conserving the Congress united and dependable to the Gandhi household.