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Reserved constituencies created political history, saffron party bagged all 7 seats
BJP ignores SC segment while allotting shares
2/23/2015 12:18:57 AM
K Koushal & Mishu Gupta

Early Times Report

Jammu, Feb 22: The fast approaching revelry on government formation, though is likely to receive great aplomb from both the regions of Jammu and Kashmir, it may bring along some sour anecdotes too, particularly for BJP cadre which is disgruntled on some specific issues.
While there is no clear indications on the portfolios to be allotted to both coalition partners in Bhartiya Janta Party as well Peoples Democratic Party, but the deal sealed for Mufti Mohammad Sayed as Chief Minister and likelihood of Nirmal Singh being crowned as his deputy is making rounds.
BJP in this regard has come under a scathing attack for allegedly promoting castesim and in the process ignoring certain segment which has got the lion's share in its booty of 25 MLAs.
In its endeavor to give representation to the people from higher echelon to the lower level, BJP has treaded a well planed strategy to 'appease all caste based ' probables, but have ignored the Scheduled Caste category.
Statistics reveal that SC voters count in Jammu province alone stands to whopping more than ten lakhs, nearly one-fifth of the total electorate.
But as far as representation to the class, BJP is ignorant on the issue.
Also a history of sorts got created in 2014 where all the seven reserved constituencies produced MLAs which amounts to one-third of the total strength of BJP's 25 MLAs.
Not a single SC MLA or its representative so far has been considered worthy by BJP so far. To start with, for MP contest, BJP's nod for Jitender Singh and Jugal Kishore Sharma from particular communities followed by another set of same caste people in Shamsher Singh and Chander Mohan Sharma for the Rajya Sabha contest is an eye opener.
Though Chander Mohan Sharma couldn't clinch the seat, but BJP did its job in caste promotion.
Thereafter , the party took another important decision for MLC by giving a balanced mandate to all communities where Yusaf Sofi , Charanjit Khalsa, Chering Dorjay, Vibodh Gupta and Ramesh Arora were given push, again undermining the SC clan.
And now once again for Deputy Chief Minister, the party is promoting Nirmal Singh's name benefitting a particular community which is an apparent hint that again Scheduled Caste community would not be considered for any respectable position.
It is pertinent to mention here, that though two time MLA Bali Bhagat's name is making rounds in Delhi political circles along with Nirmal Singh's name for deputy chief ministership, the sources privy to state BJP cadre say that Nirmal Singh, four time loser in MLA contests may get the nod.
It is all likely that out of seven SC MLAs, one may get a push in the ministry, but the million dollars question that arises at this juncture is how and why the BJP is promoting its 'blue eyeds' only while ignoring the ground level party workers who have been committed with the party since its inception.
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