Has BJP risen above caste politics?
Patna,(BiharTimes): Though after JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav’s remarks the Bharatiya Janata Party got an ample opportunity to criticize chief minister Nitish Kumar and RJD president Lalu Prasad for indulging in caste politics and not in the politics of development, the truth is that the story of the saffron party is no different.
What to speak of Nitish and Lalu here the prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, leaves no opportunity to say that he comes from a backward castes. His repeated references that the BJP is no more a party of Brahmins and Banias and appeal to Yaduvanshis are ample evidence to suggest that the saffron party leaders too have not risen ahove caste politics.
The way the party is treating Rajput and Yadav leaders are worth noticing. The BJP gave tickets to eight Rajputs when it is contesting only 30 seats. This is something never heard of in any party, given the fact that Rajputs are numerically not as strong as Yadavs, Dalits or Muslims. Just because the party chief, Rajnath Singh, is a Rajput, the party has given much more preference to this caste.
Leaders like Sushil Kumar Singh, Putul Kumari and ex-bureaucrat like Raj Kumar Singh were personally ushered into the party by Rajnath Singh and given ticket.
Similarly, Yadavs are the most sought after castes. So when Ram Kripal Yadav revolted against the RJD chief he was immediately given ticket from Patliputra to contest against Misa Bharti. The party changed its candidate Nawal Kishore Yadav, as Ram Kripal is rated as a better Yadav leader than him.
It is keeping in mind the Yadav voters that NaMo referred to the Pink Revolution, that is, the export of beef in Nawada. His lieutenant, Giriraj Singh, once again raised the issue at Deoghar in Jharkhand.
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