Gujarat elections: Rivaba Jadeja’s entry sets up a riveting battle in Jamnagar

Times of India | 2 days ago | 24-11-2022 | 08:12 am

Gujarat elections: Rivaba Jadeja’s entry sets up a riveting battle in Jamnagar

Rivaba’s Entry Sets Up A Riveting Battle In Jamnagar. While The 32-Year-Old BJP Candidate’s Official Opponent Is Congress’s Bipendrasinh Jadeja, Her Real Opponent Is Her Sister-In-Law Naynaba Who Is Supporting Jadeja And Working Overtime To Undermine Rivaba’s Influence. A statue of the former swashbuckling allrounder Vinoo Mankad on Jamnagar’s Bhidbhanjan Road is emblematic of this historic city’s contribution to Indian cricket. The legendary K S Ranjitsinh of the royal Nawanagar family has etched his name in the annals of the game’s history, immortalized through India’s oldest first-class tournament, the Ranji Trophy. This rich legacy continued in 2007 when a watchman’s son, Ravindra Jadeja, burst onto the cricket scene and became an inseparable part of the Indian squad for his powerful stroke play, flummoxing batsmen with his spin and lightning-fast fielding. With his wife, Rivaba, being chosen by the BJP to fight from the Jamnagar North seat, Sir Jadeja – as he is fondly called – has switched to batting for his mate. As the December 1 polling date nears, he has hit the streets of Jamnagar to campaign for Rivaba. Accompanied by drum-beating cheerleaders, Rivaba fans out in her constituency where people, primarily women and young girls, welcome her with traditional tilak and garlands. A surprising participant in her campaign trail is Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, the sitting MLA and Congress turncoat, whom the BJP denied a ticket. Ravindra’s occasional googly often foxes batsmen, but Rivaba has been fielding wrong ones from none other than the cricketer’s sister Naynaba – a committed Congress worker who is working overtime to queer her sister-in-law’s pitch. The latest showdown came on Tuesday when Naynaba accused her of using children for her campaign. She fired a personal salvo, claiming Rivaba had not changed her surname even six years after marriage. “She goes by Rivaba Solanki (Ravindrasinh). Does she want to use her husband’s name only for publicity and to garner votes?” she said. Rivaba hit back, accusing the Congress of raking up technicalities in the change of surname to compensate for their lack of developmental ideas. “Such allegation only exposes the Congress’s mindset,” says the 32-year-old, who has promised to make Jamnagar a Smart City. Her closest opponent, Bipendrasinh Jadeja of the Congress, is the Jamnagar Chamber of Commerce & Industry president. “I am not a celebrity,” he clarifies, beginning his address to people. He goes on to insist that his three decades of trade experience will come in handy to resolve nagging industry issues. He dismisses Rivaba as an ‘outsider’ and ‘amateur’. “She doesn’t live in Jamnagar and frequently goes on foreign jaunts,” says Jadeja, a businessman in the brass parts industry. Jamnagar is India’s biggest brass parts manufacturing centre. The products range from the temples of spectacles to door hinges, and from bicycle tube valves to aeroplanes. It employs about 2. 5 lakh people. The two major oil refineries – Reliance and Nyara (formerly Essar) – have spurred this sleepy city’s economy in the past two decades. Smalland mediumsized businesses flourished but Jamnagar’s water scarcity problem continues despite the monsoon bounty that has been leaving this onceparched city and district stranded for days. While law and order may not be a severe issue for voters,impudent land-grabbing by the mafia headed by the fugitive gangster, Jayesh Patel, has been the talk of the town for the past two years. The police attached as many as 254 plots forcefully usurped by the gang and have arrested 12 members. Along with a host of water supply projects dedicated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently, the BJP is strongly showcasing the globally prestigious WHO Global Centre For Traditional Medicine, whose foundation stone was laid by the PM in the presence of WHO director-general Tedros Ghebreyesus last year. Another seat to watch out for is Jamnagar South, where two Leuva Patels have been pitted against each other. The BJP, which has never lost this seat since 1985, has fielded Divyesh Akbari, a three-time councillor and former chairman of the municipal corporation’s standing committee, while the Congress has picked up brass businessman Manoj Kathiriya. This segment has 1. 86 lakh voters, of which the highest number (40,000) of voters belong to the minority community. However, the BJP is banking on the Patidar, Brahmin, Jain, Vaniya and Lohana communities who have ensured saffron victory for years. Also, the outcome of the Kalavad (SC) seat, held by the Congress, is expected to throw some surprises with BJP candidate Meghji Chavda’s selection sparking severe resentment among the BJP cadre. There were 55 other claimants for this seat, and they have alleged that Chavda’s candidature brazenly smacks of nepotism. The saffron party has also taken a gamble on the Jamnagar Rural seat by fielding MLA Raghavji Patel, the once BJP baiterturned-loyalist who lost the 2017 poll on a BJP ticket. Patel won the 2019 by-election by a margin of around 33,000 votes. His nearest opponent is the Congress’s Jivan Kumbharvadiya who lost the Jamnagar North seat in 2017. The same year, BJP won two of the five seats in Jamnagar. A pitched battle is on the cards in this cricket-crazy region, but only the results on December 8 will reveal which players will sit on the benches, awaiting the next chance.

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