Patels, a numerically strong community, have been a staunch supporter of the BJP over the years after Congress devised KHAM (Khashtriya, Harijan, Adivasi and Muslim) formulations for winning elections in the state, sidelining the dominant community.

Absence of former chief minister Narendra Modi on the political scene of the state and Patel quota agitation will make local bodies elections' interesting in Gujarat this time.

Patels, who are perturbed as their demands are not being met, have been disrupting political functions of government and BJP leaders with many Patel societies and villages putting banners banning entry of politicians. They are also pressurising leaders of their community to declare support to their agitation.

The wariness of BJP on quota agitation fallout is evident from the fact that they brought an ordinance to delay polls, which was later quashed by the High Court.

On the other hand the government has acted with an iron hand and put main quota agitation leaders like Hardik Patel and his aides behind bars in sedition case. The Congress is looking it as a chance to revive its fortune in the state where it has not had any substantial poll victory in the last two decades.     

The party is going to raise quota subject as one of the main issues for campaign in the local body polls in the state, where assembly election is due in 2017.

After the declaration of the elections another Patel quota leader Lalji Patel has told his community members that Patels should give vote to those who have supported their agitation.

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