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Saturday, 09 April 2016 12:08

New state chiefs: BJP takes vote-bank politics to a new level

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The appointment of new chiefs in certain states by the Bharatiya Janata Party is widely seen as a serious step towards assembly poll preparations. Turning a blind eye towards corruption charges against many of the party leaders, the BJP gave top priority to caste and Sangh affiliations while finalising new state chiefs.


The formation of Gujarat model ‘Anti-Corruption Bureau’ by Congress government in Karnataka which according to many may weaken Lokayukta, has in fact benefitted the saffron party, which unhesitatingly handed over the state president’s post to BS Yeddyurappa, the only former chief minister in the history of south Indian state to be arrested on graft charge.

The BJP high command never hesitated to make Yeddyurappa the party’s face in Karnataka, as he is not only the tallest leader of Lingayats, the most powerful community in the state, but also enjoys close relationship with RSS.

It was under his leadership that the party had won for the first time in Karnataka. He was forced to step down in the face of graft allegations, following which he floated his own outfit. It was ahead of the Lok Sabha elections that he returned to the BJP and won from the Shivamogga seat.

On the other hand a year ahead of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP declared Keshav Prasad Maurya, a low profile OBC MP with his antecedents in the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and RSS, as the party's state chief.

It was after around six months of deliberations on the choice for the post of party president for UP, the next high-stake battle for the BJP, and considering over nearly half a dozen names that the party finally made the announcement. Party chiefs of three other states were also named. These included union minister Vijay Sampla, a Dalit leader, in Punjab, K Lakshman, a Kapu (OBC), in Telangana and former MP Tapir Gao in Arunachal Pradesh.

Caste factor and affiliations with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) seem to have been on top of BJP president Amit Shah's mind while constituting his new team of party's state chiefs. While elections are due in Karnataka in 2018, Punjab will go to polls next year along with UP. In Telangana, polls will be held in 2019.

Maurya had won by over three lakh votes from Phulpur, a constituency the BJP had never before won. He belongs to the Koeri community, which like Kushwaha belongs to the non-Yadav OBC castes that the party is targeting in the state, as takes on Mulayam Singh Yadav's SP and Mayawati's BSP.

The 47-year-old party leader has been a full-time pracharak for 14 years, a Prant Sangathan Mantri of VHP, was in the RSS Baal Swayam Sevak and participated in agitations for Ramjanmabhoomi, Gau Raksha (cow protection) and Hindu causes.

His profile on the Lok Sabha site describes his profession as "businessman" while his favourite pastime is "listening to songs of patriotism and Veer Rasa".

"He comes from a poor family. His father was a farmer and he sold tea and newspapers to pay for his studies," BJP general secretary Arun Singh said. Party sources said the fact that he was a young face acceptable to all besides his background gave him an edge over several party heavyweights, like Dinesh Sharma, Manoj Sinha, Dharampal Singh and Swatantra Dev. Also, there is speculation that if the BJP decides to project a chief ministerial candidate, the name would in all likelihood belong to the upper caste.



Like [0]Dislike [0] #7 Rajiv, MANGALORE2016-06-15
Dear Karnataka,for your kind information realy they are stupid,they will vote for yeddy and shoba..RSS will make them more foolish
Like [7]Dislike [0] #6 DEAR KARNATAKA, Mangalore2016-04-09
BJP thinks KARNATAKA people are STUPIDS they are READY to VOTE the LOOTER who looted many lands.
The DECIEVER who decieved many innocent
The RESORT entertainer who entertained many Leaders for MONEY
The PEOPLE of KARNATAKA have the choice to ELECT and face the same FATE or REJECT & show those who think Karnataka people are not FOOLS.
Like [3]Dislike [1] #5 Hari, Gulbarga2016-04-09
Yeddyurappa!!! For the party that professes an anti-corruption stand to canvass for votes... Yeh hai politics, meri jaan ...
Like [3]Dislike [0] #4 Bhakt 420, Bharat Mata2016-04-09
Hahahahahahaha.. Did someone utter corruption
Like [5]Dislike [0] #3 Rebel, India2016-04-09
It is nice to know that Yeduriappa has so much confidence in our Judicial system where Sinners always have the wonderful opportunity to become Saints !!
And the earlier corruption cases that were quashed against him were merely on technical grounds and the Court never gave him any clean chit as is being falsely propogated by the Sanghis which is a white lie. Shame on them !!
His appointment yet again shows that all these hoarse noises being made by Feku and BJPee leaders on corruption and black money are merely hollow/farce/publicity stunts/dramas to fool the gullible masses !!
Like [7]Dislike [0] #2 Shilpa, Bengaluru2016-04-09
Still awaiting 15 lacs per bank account and the humongous black money stashed abroad that was promised to be brought back. Ironically, Sri Sri Modiji Sant Maharaj is quiet about the Panama Papers. Why? Cos the probable funder of Chaddi Party, Adani, is in them? LOL. Fight corruption my foot - this govt. is protecting black money offenders and giving them the option to make their black money into white through Jait-LEE's black money scheme. Great, grant them amnesty from prosecution for their black deeds - LOL!!
Like [5]Dislike [0] #1 Comrade, Udupi2016-04-09
Yeddy means more corruption, central jail visits, resort politics, mining mafia and all other kinds of mafia. Bahut Bahut Achhe Din is coming.

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