Gujarat Election 2022: What do the women settled in Gujarat after coming from Pakistan want to say to PM Narendra Modi? – न्यूज़लीड India

Gujarat Election 2022: What do the women settled in Gujarat after coming from Pakistan want to say to PM Narendra Modi?



By BBC News Hindi

Updated: Thursday, November 24, 2022, 18:54 [IST]

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In view of the Gujarat assembly elections, BJP, Aam Aadmi Party and Congress are busy campaigning vigorously. Candidates of every party leave no stone unturned to woo the voters in their constituency.

Voting for the Gujarat Assembly elections will be held in two phases. The first phase will be on 1 December. And the second phase will be on December 5.

The results of the election will come on 8 December. Meanwhile, many BBC journalists visited different cities and areas of Gujarat and tried to understand the issues of the people.

BBISA correspondent Harita Kandpal visited Banaskantha in Gujarat and met the families who had migrated from Pakistan and settled here years ago. Hindus who took refuge from Pakistan live in Banaskantha. There are more than one thousand houses in the Shiv Nagar area. The people here have still maintained their relation with the original art of Pakistan.

The people living here are aware of the upcoming elections and are also aware of their franchise, but they have some demands from the previous governments and especially from the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.




Nainaben, who lives in Shiv Nagar, tells that she came here in the year 1971 and settled here.

She tells about the difficulties she faced on the way to Gujarat from Pakistan, “We faced many difficulties on the way to come here. I had my child on my head and the essentials on my shoulder. Whenever we saw people or crowd , we used to hide in the bushes. After the mob left, we would come out and go to the nearby villages. We would take shelter there for some time.”

She adds, “We had a lot of food and drink problems. Our children also faced a lot of problems. We had to walk in the scorching heat. We had blisters on our feet. Many a times, to keep ourselves alive, Tied clothes around our feet so that we could keep walking. The same cloth used to be our pillow at night. That’s how we reached here.”

What happened to them after reaching India?

Answering this question, Nainaben says, “The government supported us a lot. Gave us food and blankets. Also offered jobs. We got some work so that we could run our lives.”

What do you want to say to the government?

Nainaben says, “Decades have passed since we came to India. I have always voted for Narendra Modi. Everyone has got financial help to build houses. I worked hard and bought a small plot. I filled the form Narendra Modi gave financial help to everyone, but I did not get any help from him.”

She says, “I have filled the form for a house three times to get financial assistance, but no help has come. My husband has also passed away. The authorities do not listen to me.”




Suboben also lives in Shiv Nagar and is fully aware of her franchise. She says, “I have been voting for the past several years. My family also takes part in voting.”

Although he also has a complaint with the state government. She says that she is not getting any help from the state government.

Listing her demands, she says, “We don’t have any land. Children work as laborers in the fields. There is hardly any work here. I have always voted for Narendra Modi. I never want to vote for him. forget.”




Another woman narrates her problem, “We are old people and we need pension. I am not getting any monthly pension. When I inquired at the office it was said that my name is not there in the list. My name is not there in the voter list. But I have to spend money to buy essentials.”

Do you think things were better when you were in Pakistan?

In response to this question, she says that ‘we had farming there and earned well’.

She says, “There women did not have to go out to earn. But there was a war and people were killed. We got scared and ran away from our homes. This is because as soon as the army left the area, people from the Muslim community attack us.

Fearing this attack, we left our homes. There used to be a canal in our village. When the war broke out, the local Muslim population was attacked. After the war was over, the local Muslims would attack us. To escape this, we fled to India.”

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There are a total of 182 seats in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly. In the 2017 assembly elections, BJP managed to win 99 seats and Congress 77.

NCP won one seat, BTP two and others won one seat. While independent candidates had won three seats in the state.

Apart from BJP, Congress, Aam Aadmi Party is also active in this assembly elections. The tenure of the Gujarat government is ending on February 23, 2023.

Traditionally, Gujarat has been a contest between the two main parties, the BJP and the Congress, but this time the Aam Aadmi Party and Asaduddin Owaisi’s party are also entering the fray, which may upset the mathematical equation between the two main parties.

However, many political observers believe that the main fight in Gujarat will be between the BJP and the Congress.

By the way, it is also interesting that neither Gujarat nor Himachal Pradesh is included in this journey of Rahul Gandhi, who is doing ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ these days.

At the same time, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who is considered as ‘number two’ in the government, is Gujarat. His reputation will also be at stake in the Gujarat assembly elections.

This election will also be the mandate for the half-year term of Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel. The political future of Alpesh Thakor, who left the Congress and joined the BJP and lost in the by-election, and the future of Hardik Patel will also be decided in this election.

Independent MLA from Vadgam and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani is contesting on Congress ticket this time. His role will also be tested. It has to be seen what effect they have on reserved seats. Also, what problems do Owaisi and Kejriwal create for Mevani on the Vadgam seat.

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Out of 182 seats in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly, 13 seats are reserved for Scheduled Castes and 27 seats are reserved for Scheduled Tribes.

According to the Sample Registration Survey, 55 per cent of Gujarat’s population is below 30 years of age, of which 57 per cent live in rural areas and 53 per cent in urban areas. This population has seen BJP ruling the state for most of their life.

In this election, if voters of the age of 80 years or more are unable to reach the polling booth due to some reason, then they are being given the facility to vote sitting at home.

Chief Election Commissioner Rajeev Kumar told the media that 4.83 crore voters have been registered in Gujarat this year. “There will be 51,782 polling stations for 182 seats in the state and 934 voters per polling station,” he said.

Out of the total polling stations, maximum 34,276 polling stations will be in rural areas. While there will be 17,506 polling stations in urban areas.

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