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Dec 14, 2007 at 01:21pm IST

Meet Cong's revival man in Gujarat

Ahmedabad: Central Gujarat is very crucial for the Congress and it's state unit president Bharatsinh Solanki.

He is fighting to reconquer a traditional Congress stronghold swept away by the Godhra wave.

In 1980s, Solanki’s Madhav Singh Solanki won Gujarat with an alliance called KHAM, an alliance of Kashatriyas, Dalits, Adivasi and Muslims against the Patel lobby.

In Gujarat 2007, if there's a Congress revival, Solanki Junior could well be frontrunner for the top job. He is seen as the man who united a party in disarray when he took over as president in 2006

"This time it is not the Kham Theory. Ours is now the Aam Theory. We want to take everyone with us to victory,” he says.

It's an all-caste inclusive Congress effort to fight the Modi persona which is seen to transcend the caste divide. Bharat is also the face of Congress's generation next in Gujarat and as an MP from Anand district in central Gujarat, his biggest test will be to win this region back for Congress.

In 2002, the communal wave swept away Congress's traditional stronghold central Gujarat. This time that traditional stronghold will be put to test against Moditva, a combination of firebrand Hindutva, Gujarati pride and development.

The BJP won 43 out of 49 seats in this region in 2002 and it's critical for Bharat and the congress to re-conquer their traditional stronghold if they have to fly high in Modi land.

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