Congress describes AAP and the Asaduddin Owaisi Party as minor players and predicts a surprise in Gujarat.

Milind Deora said that the Congress is carrying out a very localized, personalised, and orthodox approach . The Congress came close to winning the Gujarat presidency in 2017 elections .

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has a lot of buzz, but it will be a marginal candidate in the Gujarat assembly elections, according to Congress leader Milind Deora, who said in an interview with PTI that his party would belie forecasts to produce a surprise in the polls.It is a very different approach to the previous campaign.Mr Deora said that in the 2017 elections, there were topics such as the Patidar riot, demonetisation, and the Goods and Services Tax, which resulted in public demonstrations against the government, and that the Congress is carrying out a very localized, personalised, and orthodox approach, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned to the BJP workers.I think the strategy is different, it isn't as visible as last year due to the events leading up to the election, but the AAP is on the ground, exposing the government and exploiting anti-incumbency, he said.

In that sense, the AAP would have a neutralizing effect on both the main parties, he said, but that on the ground, the voters are still familiar with the Congress, we also have a local rung of leaders, he said.Of course, there are emotive issues that give the BJP a leg up in elections, but that is a developmental problem, since Gujarat is a state, and the Congress has a base in Gujarat.While the Congress may have come to power in a long time, it is different from a state such as Uttar Pradesh where we are a marginal player, Mr Deora said.In the 2017 assembly elections, the Congress came close to winning the presidency, and although there are areas such as Saurashtra where it is very strong, he said, people should consider it multiple times before dismissing or writing off the group.Mr Deora said that there will be surprises in this election because the Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) would divide the anti-BJP vote.He said that although the AIMIM and the AAP were all marginal players in the Gujarat polls and had different motives than West Bengal or Uttar Pradesh, where voters opposed to the BJP may rally behind a local party.I think the people in states like Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh consider the Congress a replacement to the BJP, according to Deora.Gandhi had only held two poll rallies in Gujarat earlier this week and also participated in a campaign before the yatra, so you cannot remove a Yatra.

Despite the fact that the Yatra is not going through Gujarat, people and staff of the party are watching it closely.I am sure that it will have a positive effect (on the Gujarat polls), he said.As I said, our initiative has been a very different one for a long time.According to Deora, there is anti-incumbency that is not manifested by agitation within a community or a phenomenon such as demonetisation.

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