Voices of Gujarat: ‘Modi Has Worked For Women’, ‘GST Has Hurt us’ 

From GST to education, watch these 5 voters talk about what will define their vote this Gujarat assembly elections.

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A 45-year-old housewife, a worker in Surat’s textile industry, a young college professor and more – watch these people from Gujarat tell us what will define their vote this election.

Forty five-year-old Vipula Patel says she is more than happy with the work Narendra Modi did in Gujarat as Chief Minister, and the work his party, the BJP, continues carry out in the state.

Patel feels strongly about reservations for her community. She also supports Patidar agitation leader Hardik Patel in his demand for reservation in education and jobs.

'BJP is Hurting the People Who Made the Party What it is Today'

Suresh Dayma, 53, has been working as a middleman Surat's textile industry for the last 35 years.

Asserting that the market has been upset with the Modi government over GST, Dayma claims that many like him are now slightly critical of the party.

"The BJP is hurting the people who made the party what it is today," he says. But would this decide his vote in the election?

When you talk of political parties, there’s no alternative to the BJP. Hence, we will vote for them.

‘Higher Education is too Expensive For Common People’

Aarti Rohan, a 26-year-old college professor, says that she wants the Gujarat government to look into the high fees charged by colleges in the state.

Every child should not just have access to primary education, but should be able to study in colleges paying minimal fees... Girls cannot study today because of the high fees charged by private colleges.

On a recent visit to Gandhinagar, Rahul Gandhi took a dig at the state government, saying: "Whenever the youth go to college, they are asked for Rs 10 lakh as education fees." He also alleged that privatisation of education in Gujarat has been a disaster.

'We Will Only Vote For BJP': Textile Worker in Surat

Dilip Ahir has spent more than a decade in the Surat textile industry. The 42-year-old says he knows exactly who he, and his colleagues, will vote for in the upcoming assembly elections.

Ahir concedes that the GST regime has affected business in the recent months, but is optimistic that things will return to normal soon. Ahir says the flourishing of business under BJP and the benefits given to the karigars (artisans), will decide his vote.

'Social Media Will Play a Huge Role in This Election'

Sangeeta Patel, an assistant professor in Gujarat University, feels that social media will play a huge role in deciding the elections this year.

I think all the caste-based movements that have happened in Gujarat and the whole narrative about vikas (development) will have an impact in these elections. Social media will also have a role to play.

The 40-year-old, however, believes that the people of Ahmedabad will vote in favour of the BJP.

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