Gujaratis in Varanasi back Modi for Lok Sabha polls
The over 10,000 Gujaratis settled in Varanasi never voted for Narendra Modi in the past. But the past is past now and these people have resolved to support the BJP’s PM nominee this time, hoping that the nation would get a strong leader with will power.
The group comprises upper caste Gujaratis, mostly Brahmins, who still have a large number of relatives in their state of origin. Some of them had even camped in Delhi during the 2013 Assembly elections and campaigned for the Aam Admi Party (AAP). But things have changed now.
“In national politics, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal is yet to learn many things. We have decided to support Modi in the Lok Sabha elections because the bullies like America and China wouldn’t be able to overlook him the way they have been doing for the past one decade.
We also think that no other leader has any intention to think about the nation. Modi audibly thinks about it. So we are supporting him in the Lok Sabha elections,” said Raman Shankar Pandya, a Kherawal Brahmin from north-west Gujarat, who lives in the Ramghat area of Varanasi.
Pandya’s family had escaped from Gujarat in the 15th century when some Muslim chieftains were on a looting spree in his locality. Many Gujarati diamond merchants visit Varanasi for workrelated purposes, but this time, a large number of Gujaratis are also reportedly reaching the holy city to manage Modi’s election affairs.
Sources in the BJP told Mail Today that they are trying to keep themselves away from the eyes of the Election Commission and are staying in the houses of their relatives and friends. “We have got an opportunity after 1977 to support a Gujarati PM candidate. Last time, it was Morarji Desai. We are prepared to help Modi in every way,” a Gujarati diamond merchant, who is in Varanasi on the BJP’s request, said.