Speculations are rife as to why BJP president Amit Shah allowed only select young professionals such as engineers, doctors, lawyers and professors, and the students pursuing MBA and commerce courses as the participating audience for his Adikham Gujarat Yuva Townhall event targeting the youth in Gujarat. The youths involved in other jobs and pursuing non-professional courses were made to sit separately as “viewers”.
Political observers wonder whether Shah is deliberately avoiding the unemployed youth, whom the BJP promised in the election campaign to provide with one million jobs every month.
BJYM or Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of BJP, had been tasked with organizing the Yuva Townhall event at the newly constructed Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Auditorium in Bodakdev area here. The main auditorium has a seating capacity of 1,050. The first floor of the main auditorium was occupied by targeted professionals, who took their seats following media persons, a few ministers, including MoS for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja, senior party leaders like I K Jadeja and state BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya, among others in the front rows.
However, those who didn’t belong to the target group were made to sit in a separate hall on the ground floor and watched the event on two LED screens and were not allowed to participate.