Aam Aadmi Party had announced that it will be contesting assembly elections in Gujarat along with Punjab and Goa. There are 182 Seats in Gujarat.
- CM Arvind Kejriwal cancelled his upcoming visit to Gujarat after the state government did not grant him permission to organise a programme at a chosen venue
- CM Arvind Kejriwal had scheduled visit to Somnath-Rajkot belt in Saurashtra and Surat in south Gujarat, both bastions of the Patidar community
- CM Arvind Kejriwal was expected to reach out to the farmers besides local businessmen and industrialists during his visit.
- CM Arvind Kejriwal had visited Gujarat in 2014 in the run up to the general election, was expected to woo the Patidar community during his visit to the state.
- Patidar community, which is adamant on its demand for quotas in jobs and education, is gradually shifting from its traditional loyalty towards the BJP.
- CM Arvind Kejriwal was expected to visit the state in June to prepare party cadre for campaign work.
- BJP suffered a drubbing in recent local body polls after the Patidar community moved its support away, following months of violent protests across the state for Other Backward Class status, which would guarantee them reservations.
- Aam Aadmi Party has also extended support to Hardik Patel who was the face of Patidar quota agitation in Gujarat.
- CM Arvind Kejriwal termed Hardik Patel’s arrest as illegal, this month through a video message on social media.
- Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), along with other groups, is working hard to moblise the community in these two regions before the 2017 assembly elections.
- Gujarat government finally blinked and gave 10% reservations to the poor among dominant castes but the move failed to tamp down on simmering discontent.
- Arvind Kejriwal – led Aam Aadmi Party had continuously locked horns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi who also served as the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
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