Vijay Rupani survives.

Vijay Rupani survives.

Gujarat’s ‘Navrati’ show to mark Rupani-Patel’s 5-year rule

Congress responds with eye-opening on BJP failures; Modi, Shah to virtually join

Agency Report | Gandhinagar | 30 July, 2021 | 11:40 PM

Against the BJP ‘s nine-day statewide celebrations marking the five years of the Vijay Rupani-Nitin Patel government in Gujarat, the state unit of the Congress on Friday announced it’s statewide “eye opening programme” depicting the BJP government’s failures and incompetence of two and a half decades.

It is about a year and a half before the Assembly elections, where like the BJP government, the grand old party too wants to reach out to various sections of the society through this eye opening programme.

The Gujarat government has announced the nine-day celebrations from August 1 to 9, where various people-oriented works will be intensified as also the expansion of various flagship schemes of the government in order to have a better connect with the people.

The grand old party’s nine-day campaign will be based on the theme of the failures of the BJP government in education, women’s empowerment, farmers’ welfare, tribals’ welfare, employment, urban development.

Informing the media, Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee president Amit Chavda said, “Instead of feeling ashamed of the failures of their government on all fronts, the BJP is wasting the hard earned money of the public through this celebrations of the Rupani government’s five years. We will be approaching the people during these nine days and expose to the public not only the failures of the five years of the Rupani reign but also the incompetence of the BJP in the last 25 years.”

The Leader of the Opposition Party (LOP) Paresh Dhanani termed the Congress’s campaign as ‘Navratri of Failures Expose Campaign’. Navratri is a Hindu festival, especially in Gujarat, consisting of nine days of dance fest performed revering the Hindu deities.

“The Congress party’s different wings like the student wing, the women’s wing, farmers wing, the SC, ST, OBC wings, right from tehsil level to the state level, leaders as well as workers will stage ‘dharnas’, protests, rallies at various places to highlight the plight of the people,” added Chavda.

When the Gujarat BJP government will be organising ‘Annotsav celebration’ (food festival) on August 3, the Congress will have a ‘Right to Food Campaign.’

Against the BJP government’s “Gyanshakti Diwas”, the Congress will have ‘Save the Education’ campaign, where the bad governance will be exposed in education-related issues in the state.

On August 2, against the BJP government’s ‘Samvedna Diwas’ (Sympathy Day), the Congress will organise Government’s Apathy Day.

August 4 will be celebrated as ‘Nari Gaurav Diwas’ by the government, whereas the Congress will have ‘Women Security Campaign’ depicting women’s plight in Gujarat. As against the BJP ‘s ‘Kisan Samman Diwas’ on August 5, the farmers wing of the Congress will hold ‘Save the Farmer and Farms’ campaign.

August 6 will be ‘Remove Unemployment Day’, where the Congress will try to show how unemployment has affected the state.

As against the BJP’s “Vikas Diwas”, the Congress will be staging ‘Who’s Development Day’ on August 7, where they will try to convince people how development is limited to a handful only.

August 8 will be staged as ‘Jan Adhikar Campaign’ depicting the urban plight and woes of the citizens. August 9 will be the ‘Social Revolution Campaign’ day.

“Each of the nine days the Congress will have programmes related to the plight and woes of the public, when the shameless BJP is trying to celebrate,” Paresh Dhanani told the media.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani replaced the then CM Anandiben Patel and took over the reigns of the state on August 7, 2016, becoming the 16th Chief Minister of Gujarat. Nitin Patel was named as his deputy in the government then.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will virtually join the celebrations between August 1 and 9 to mark the five years of the Rupani-Nitin Patel government in Gujarat.

About a-year-and-a-half before the state Assembly elections, the government wants to reach out to the various sections of the society through the celebration.

According to information available, both Modi and Shah will virtually participate on two separate days during the nine-day celebrations.

Modi will be virtually present in the ‘Annotsav celebration’ (food festival) on August 3 during which he will interact with the beneficiaries of free ration under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana from five districts. He is also expected to virtually distribute food kits to the poor. The state government has planned to distribute a kit containing 5 kg foodgrain free of cost to around 4.25 lakh poor people from 17,000 fair price shops across the state. The state-level event for ‘Annotsav’ will be held at Dahod, where CM Rupani will be present.

Vijay Rupani replaced the then Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and took over the reigns of the state on August 7, 2016, becoming the 16th Chief Minister of Gujarat. Nitin Patel was named as his deputy in the government then.

During the nine-day celebration various people-oriented works will be intensified while expansion of flagship schemes of the government is also planned. CM Rupani’s birthday also falls during the celebration on August 2.

The celebratory programmes will be based on the theme of welfare of various segments of the society and governance like education, women’s empowerment, farmers’ welfare, tribals’ welfare, employment and urban development.

Union Home Minister Shah will virtually attend ‘Vikas Diwas’ event on August 7. The main event that day will be held at the Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar in the presence of Rupani, Pate and state BJP president C.R. Paatil. Inauguration or laying of the foundation stones for various projects worth Rs 3,906 crore like housing for the poor, new bridges in Ahmedabad and Banaskantha, water pipeline in Mehsana and power substations will be carried out by Shah.

According to the information released, August 1 will be celebrated as the Gyanshakti Diwas’, where the government will organise education-related programmes. On August 2, ‘Samvedna Diwas’ will be observed where the state will help citizens get necessary forms and documents related to various government schemes.

August 4 will be celebrated as ‘Nari Gaurav Diwas’, where women-centric events are planned. August 5 will be Kisan Sanman Diwas’ with various events organised for farmers.

August 6 will be celebrated as ‘Rozgar Diwas’, and the state government will organise 50 job fairs and other events aimed at providing employment to Gujarat’s youths. The government has selected 50,000 youths for various posts in the state-run boards and Corporations, who will be issued appointment letters.

‘Vikas Diwas’ will be celebrated on August 7, where projects worth Rs 5,855 crore will be launched or dedicated and August 8 will be celebrated as ‘Shaheri Jan Sukhakari Diwas’ (related to improving urban infrastructure and amenities).

August 9 is being celebrated as ‘Adivasi Diwas’. Marking this, programmes will be held in 53 tribal Tehsils of the state. Various tribal-centric projects will be launched on the day.