Gujarat polls: Can BJP hold on to Palanpur?

With the fight for Saurashtra over on Thursday in the first phase of polls, the battle has now shifted to North Gujarat. At Palanpur in Banaskantha district, the scarcity of drinking water like many other places in the state, is a major problem.

"We are trying to supply water to 100 villages in the region. The making of canals takes some time," sitting BJP MLA Govindbhai Prajapati told citizens at the IBN7 programme Mera Vote, Meri Sarkaar.

Fighting the Palanpur battle. Reuters

However, Mahesh Patel, who is the Congress candidate from Palanpur, was not convinced.

"All these water schemes are fanfare. They have all failed," Patel said.

But the Congress leader could not escape blaming the BJP. When he was asked why his party MP Mukesh Gadhavi is neither doing anything nor visiting his constituency, Patel did not have any proper answer to offer.

"Mukesh Gadhavi visits his constituency regularly. The Centre is giving enough money to Gujarat. But the state has failed to utilise them. The state government is corrupt," he said.

The BJP MLA denied the charges of corruption.

"There is no corruption. The Central government is misusing the CAG and CBI," Prajapati said. The Gujarat government did not table the CAG reports indicting them in the state Assembly.

Gujarat Parivartan Party candidate Manubhai Vyas called both BJP and Congress corrupt.

"Both the parties are equally corrupt," Vyas said.

The second phase of polling is on 17 December. The counting of votes is on 20 December.