The chief minister has also recently waived off farm loans for more than 12,000 farmers living in tribal districts of Southern Rajasthan.
Apart from that the BJP government has created 21,500 jobs for safai karamcharis (sweepers) benefitting mostly the dalit community. “Such initiatives may pay off well for the ruling party.
Dalits are said to be not happy with the BJP government. There had been several cases of atrocities against them in past few years. But one can’t say how much these translate into votes,” says Randheer Singh, a political observer.
Meanwhile, upper caste organizations in Rajasthan have called a day long state wide bandh on Thursday protesting against the amendments in the SC/ST (Prevention & Atrocities) Act.
The BJP is keeping a tight vigil on the development as its leaders and ministers are facing fierce protest from upper castes in another poll bound state Madhya Pradesh.
In few places there, ministers have been reportedly attacked and were not allowed to conduct public meetings and rallies “We are against the amendment which is being introduced in the SC/ST Act. Government should not have bias for a particular class just for political gains,” said Girraj Singh Lotwara of Rajput Sabha, which is supporting the bandh.
There are 59 reserved seats in Rajasthan out of which 34 are for Scheduled Caste (SC). In last elections, BJP did exceedingly well in all these reserved seats.
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23 Comments on this Story
Ravindran Subramanyam781 days ago
No amount of sops to the scheduled castes and tribes will help BJP to retain Rajasthan as it is too little and too late. Nothing will satiate the massive greed of the SC and ST for privileges in every walk of life and all job opportunities despite their lack lustre merit. Thus Rajasthan will massively vote against BJP mainly on Casteist lines like what the foolish electorate did in Bihar, Gujarat and Karnataka. Thus by the devious "divide and rule policy " of the East India company, Congress will deftly divide the votes of Gujjars, Muslims, SC, ST, Jats, Christians, OBC and other communities so that a mahaghatbandhan of thieves comprising of Congress, SP, BSP and others will massively win and this sensitive border state will witness the free run of terrorists and NGOs to destroy the very culture and history of Rajasthan !!!!!!
Ramesh Shah781 days ago
THE ROYAL FAMILY HER HIGHNESS ALSO !!???
Jai Bharat781 days ago
Seems both Cong and BJP are switching their roles now ... one is becoming a Hindutva party and other is looking at appeasement. Politics and greed for power will make u do anything.