Assembly election: Gujarat

The caste factor

Print edition : January 05, 2018

The young Patidar leader Hardik Patel at a road show in Ahmedabad on December 11. Photo: SANTOSH HIRLEKAR/PTI

Jignesh Mevani. The seat he won from, Vadgam, was a BJP bastion. Photo: KAMAL SINGH/PTI

Alpesh Thakor, with Rahul Gandhi at the rally in which he joined the Congress in October. He won from Radhanpur against a Thakor candidate fielded by the BJP. Photo: PTI

The Assembly election results have brought navsarjan (rejuvenation) to the Congress party in Gujarat and beyond, the credit for it going mainly to its strategy of building electoral alliances with caste groups.
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