What is the condition of Godhra after 20 years of the train fire incident?

What is the condition of Godhra after 20 years of the train fire incident?

At present, the eyes of the whole country are focused on the assembly elections to be held in Gujarat. People remember Godhra even today and it remains a topic of discussion. So let's know the condition of Godhra in the election environment today. A road passes through marking the division between the Muslim-majority and Hindu-majority areas of Godhra, perhaps also a metaphor for the communal rift. This line of communal divide runs deep in the city and is uncannily reminiscent of the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Twenty years after a train fire in Gujarat's Godhra killed 59 kar sevaks and triggered the worst riots since the Partition of India, the electoral landscape reflects the gulf between the two communities. Many residents of the minority community complain of lack of development in their areas, while people in other areas of the city acknowledge problems but say they will vote on the issue of Hindutva and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity.

anti-incumbency

The main issues in this sensitive constituency are corruption, rising unemployment, and anti-incumbency against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has been ruling the state for 27 years. However, mobilization in the name of Hindutva and Modi are the determining factors of the election and can overcome them all. The road passes through Patelwada and Polan Bazar area near Rani Masjid, which was earlier home to the majority of Hindus and other communities and later became a Muslim-dominated area. Here the differences are clearly visible.

The roads on the other side of the Muslim colony widened

Pollan Bazar and its surrounding areas are surrounded by potholes, dilapidated roads, piles of garbage on the side, and a closed drain at a distance. The roads on the other side of the Muslim colony are wide. Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) has small industrial units. There is also a theatre, a pantaloon showroom, and a car showroom. Ishaq Bokra, a supporter of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), said, "There are no banks, ATMs, playgrounds in our part of the city." AIMIM councilor Faisal Suleja said, development always happens on the other side. Has been, in which Hindus and other communities have dominated. The AIMIM, led by Asaduddin Owaisi, surprised everyone by winning seven seats in the 44-member municipality last year. There are about 2,79,000 voters in Godhra. Of these, 72,000 are in Muslim-majority areas.

Congress fielded Rashmitaben Chauhan against Raulji

Let us discuss here that the campaign is gaining momentum for the elections to be held in two phases on December 1 and 5 for the 182-member Gujarat Assembly. BJP's sitting MLA CK Raulji has been representing Godhra since 2007. He is representing this constituency from 2007 to 2016 in Congress and from 2017 to BJP. Congress has fielded Rashmitaben Chauhan against Raulji. Also present are Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) Rajeshbhai Patel and AIMIM's Shabbir Kachba, who are looking to consolidate the party's lead in last year's civic polls. Imam Kachhaba (33) accused Raulji of not resolving the issues of the region. Polling will be held in this area in the second phase.

bilkis bano case discussion

Referring to Raulji's comments on those convicted in the 2002 gang rape and murder case, Kachhaba said, "The important thing is how the person who called the convicts in the Bilkis Bano case cultured can be elected." According to Roulji, his main agenda will be to fully implement the projects started in 2017, which include a 400-bed medical college and an irrigation project for 104 villages. The pandemic, lack of opportunities, and development is a constant concern.