Gujarat: “I am a B.Com but I sell paan,” says Mukesh Patel..“Going to college is a bekaari ka karkhana. I don’t know why I bothered with my graduation,” says Patel from Halol .3Endorsing his view any other Halol resident Piyush Jhala says he’s a B.Ed however works as a mason.
“After notebandi, most construction’s stopped so I am without a job.”
35 km from Vadodara is the city of Halol in Gujarat’s Panchmahals district. It’s an OBC ruled BJP stronghold with about 15 in keeping with cent Muslims and in conjunction with the neighbouring the city of Kalol, was once one of the flashpoints of the 2002 riots.
Today it falls within the GIDC (Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation) SEZ zone and has a number of factories however citizens complain about rampant unemployment, goondaism and inflation .People support Hardik Patel led protests,”Hardik doesn’t only speak for Patidars,” says Kashish Tomar, a paan store proprietor in Halol who holds a B.Com level, “he’s voicing our pain too. Sex CD se kuch fark nahin padega.” Piyush Barot is a neighborhood businessman who says the top prices of Gujarat’s privatized schooling has hit onerous.
“Private education has meant very high fees. We pay Rs 6000 twice a year and have to buy books and uniforms from the school too. How can someone with an income of Rs 5000 per month pay?” There are additionally proceedings about “outsourced” visitors control within the space to non-government staff.
“The government has outsourced traffic management to private agencies, they pick up youngsters, put them in uniform and make them control traffic,” says Kashish, “that’s why there’s chaos on the roads. There is no one to listen to us,” says Haren Parmar.
“If Modiji comes here, the police will not let us go near him. If we gather people to protest, goondas will come and beat us up. Anyone who supports the opposition here will have his business shut down, power lines cut or get income tax notices or pollution certificates. Nobody dares to rent out their property to any political party other than the ruling party. Today we are facing police raj and goonda raj. Soon Gujarat will become like what Bihar once used to be.” ‘Mera Gujarat mahan’ laughs the gang mockingly.
These voices of grievance to the ruling dispensation displays the wave of anti-incumbency sweeping thru many portions of Gujarat, particularly out of doors the large towns.while there’s little overt hostility to Modi, there may be open anger in opposition to the Rupani authorities and in opposition to demonetisation and GST.
“Business is the life blood of the Gujarati,” says Manish Barot, “and demonitisation and GST have hit our life blood. Yes we believe in Hindutva but Hindutva won’t fill our stomachs.” He provides that the 3 pillars of India, the kisan, the formative years and the jawan are being badly hit by means of the commercial downturn shop, homeowners, scholars and native businessmen, all are complaining and they say substitute for jobs is bottle of liquor handed to them.
Locals complain that factories best make use of migrants from Bihar and UP as contract labour and no longer Gujaratis. Within 3 years the promise of Achedin is now being challenged by means of offended voices. Gujarat’s winter of discontent is maintaining out a caution for many who have dominated the state for greater than twenty years.
Sources : The Times of India