(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Confident about the formation of a BJP government for another
term in Gujarat, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel said that his
government's schemes don't differentiate on religious lines and it
would not tolerate anyone who tries to flout state policies,
In an interview, Patel said that there is only one Narendra Modi
and no one can match his work.“We have to work under Prime
Minister Modi's leadership. It is not possible to work like
Narendra Modi. And globally also no one can match the work, which
is being done by him. Whatever Modi has done has made us proud,”
Patel added that there is no challenge to the BJP from anyone in
the year-end assembly polls.“The BJP organisation and government
are working together for the people with the organisation taking
the government's work to the people on the ground.
Q: What are the other issues apart from development on which
people will re-elect the BJP government for one more term?
Patel: The BJP government is working with a basic concept
keeping the common man in focus so that the benefits of the welfare
and development schemes reach the last man in the far-away places
of the state. The government has worked to ensure that the maximum
benefits of the government reach everyone. We are also checking by
going 'door to door' with the schemes, which one should be
implemented and is beneficial to people. We are also informing them
about the various government schemes going door to door.
Q: What are the things you think will be gamechangers in
Patel: We are here (in power) for a long time. Now we have
started working on Green energy and zero carbon. Mainly we are
focusing on Electric Vehicles (EV)/battery and we have signed an
MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Japan worth Rs 10,400 crore
and started working on it. We also signed a MoU Rs five lakh crore
for green energy and work has been started. We are working on both
as it has multiple benefits. It also reduces dependence on petrol
and we have started working on green energy from now on and we are
hopeful that we will benefit.
Q: The BJP government at the Centre is working with the policy
of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas', but in Gujarat there is a lot of
talk about minority communities. What would you say?
Patel: My style of functioning is different. Our government has
only a policy that no one should face problems and our government
is doing whatever is required to improve the life of every citizen.
And the schemes and policies of Gujarat are for all irrespective of
religion. Gujarat has a policy and we would not tolerate anyone
breaking the policies of the government.
Q: Why is your government planning to teach the 'Gita' in
Patel: It is too early to discuss it. After studying everything
we will talk and decide. This question should not be raised
Q: In the last election the Congress gave a tough fight to the
BJP. How do you see the opposition challenges including the
Congress in this year's election as many new parties are coming,
planning to contest the assembly polls?
Patel: Before the assembly polls, the local bodies elections
were held. The BJP has won all the 'Zila Panchayat' elections.
There is no challenge from anyone. The BJP organisation and
government are working together for the people.
Q: Has the party set any target on the number of seats to win in
this year's assembly elections?
Patel: What the Gujarat BJP president has said might happen. I
am a positive man and never contest elections to defeat someone but
contest it to win. I contest elections to win every seat not to
Q: Are there any possibilities that the BJP may field a large
number of fresh faces in the assembly polls like in your
Patel: In the BJP, even a chief minister is not sure of his
ticket and you are asking me about others.
Q: How do you see the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) chances in the
Gujarat assembly polls?
Patel: In a democracy everyone has the right to contest
During elections a number of parties can come. But this is not
the case with the BJP. The BJP has never been an election oriented
party and it works throughout the year. Our workers keep on working
throughout the year at every level. The workers themselves keep on
working for the people, to solve the issues of the public at their
After I was made the Chief Minister, there was an election in
the Municipal Corporation in Gandhinagar. Everyone was saying that
the AAP will come to power but the BJP has managed to win 41 out of
44 seats. Earlier the BJP was never in a majority because it used
to win about 50 per cent of the seats but this time we have been
able to win in a big way and only due to the hard work of the
The BJP is working among the people. Our workers are with the
people during Covid. Prime Minister Modi is globally the most
popular leader and his rating is rising. The BJP is strongly
positioned and the opposition is losing ground.
Q: The AAP is announcing lots of freebies. Your take on the
politics of freebies?
Patel: We need to understand that there should be no competition
on providing free sops. Even after the Covid pandemic, we have not
put any additional tax burden on people. We have given a budget at
1.6 percent fiscal deficit ratio. If the fiscal deficit crosses the
three per cent threshold then the central government can reject it.
But due to the Covid pandemic the central government has given some
relaxation of upto 4.5 per cent. The Rajasthan government has
presented the budget with an almost 4.5 per cent fiscal deficit
ratio. If someone wants to distribute for free then they can do
that, but in Gujarat, financially we have stuck with the Gujarat
Q: Once Prime Minister Modi occupied the office that you are now
holding. Do you feel any pressure?
Patel: You need to understand that there is only one Narendra
Modi. We have to work under his leadership. It is not possible to
work like Narendra Modi and globally also no one can match the work
done by him. And whatever Modi has done has made us proud. We are
also trying to work, but we get nervous or feel challenged
sometimes. One can imagine how hard he worked and brought the state
on the path of development with his vision.
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