Gujarat BJP Grapples with Internal Discord as Saurashtra Leaders Challenge Party Unity

Traditionally a bastion of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Gujarat now witnesses fissures emerging within the party's ranks, with Saurashtra emerging as the epicenter of discontent.


AMRELI, GUJARAT : The tranquility that typically follows the conclusion of elections in Gujarat has been shattered by a tempest of internal dissent within the state’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In the wake of the Lok Sabha and assembly by-elections, the BJP finds itself embroiled in a crisis of unity, particularly in the Saurashtra region. Senior BJP leaders from Saurashtra have openly voiced their grievances, casting a shadow over the party’s post-election harmony.

The aftermath of the general elections for the Lok Sabha and assembly by-elections in Gujarat has ushered in a period of turbulence within the state’s political arena. Traditionally a bastion of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Gujarat now witnesses fissures emerging within the party’s ranks, with Saurashtra emerging as the epicenter of discontent.

A schism within the party has come to light, with allegations of anti-party activities levied against three influential leaders from Saurashtra: Naran Kachhadiya, the incumbent MP from Amreli, and former ministers Dharmendrasinh Jadeja and Javahar Chavda. Their purported transgressions during the recent elections have ignited a firestorm of controversy within the BJP, prompting calls for decisive action from the party’s high command.

At the heart of the discord lies the state leadership’s fervent appeal to the high command for the expulsion of the accused leaders. Sources reveal that the state leadership has urged the high command to swiftly suspend the trio, signaling an uncompromising stance against dissent within the party’s ranks. In response, the high command has purportedly assured the state leaders that the expulsion of the accused leaders will be deliberated, contingent upon the BJP securing all 26 seats in Gujarat.

The discontent within the party is most palpable in Amreli, where incumbent MP Naran Kachhadiya finds himself embroiled in a bitter feud with BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate Bharat Sutaria. Allegations of subterfuge and betrayal have marred the party’s unity, with Sutaria accusing Kachhadiya of covertly undermining his candidacy and supporting rival contenders in internal party affairs.

Meanwhile, in Jamnagar, former BJP leader Hakubha alias Dharmendrasinh Jadeja stands accused of breaching the party’s trust and aligning himself with opposition forces. Accused of orchestrating a smear campaign against BJP candidate Poonam Madam, Jadeja’s actions have sown seeds of discord within the party’s ranks, prompting speculation about his future within the BJP.

In yet another blow to party cohesion, allegations of electoral malpractice have surfaced in Manavadar, implicating Jawahar Chavda, a prominent BJP figure. Arvind Ladani, BJP’s assembly by-election candidate, has lodged a formal complaint against Chavda, alleging collusion with rival factions to undermine the party’s electoral prospects.

As the dust settles on the electoral battlefield, Gujarat BJP Chief grapples with the daunting task of restoring unity within the party’s fractured ranks. The resolution of internal discord and the restoration of party cohesion will undoubtedly shape the BJP’s future trajectory in Gujarat’s political landscape.