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BJP deflects Rajput anger
Apr 09, 2024 04:11 pm

embRajput organizations had asked the Congress and the BJP to think about fielding members of the community, but for the time being, it appears that their resentment is focused on the ruling party. Members of the Rajput community expressed their dissatisfaction at being passed over for Lok Sabha tickets by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at a mahapanchayat in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh.The majority-BJP community is angry because the party did not field individuals from the group for the seven seats in Meerut Mandal, western Uttar Pradesh.The Moradabad Mandal's seven seats included representation from the community.There is resentment outside of UP as well.To voice their complaints and protest, community leaders from Delhi, Punjab, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Haryana joined the mahapanchayat.Anger has been simmering for nearly a year in Haryana. A party official claimed that the 9t century monarch Mihir Bhoj's designation as Gurjar Pratihar Samrat infuriated the community. The leader expressed unhappiness with political representation in remarks that initially appeared to be a respons  to a perceived slight against a historical figure.A legal challenge has been made about the ruler's failure to designate themselves as Hindu Samrat.The community in Gujarat, the BJP stronghold, is furious with Rajkot candidate and Union minister Parshottam Rupala for allegedly making a derogatory comment about the upper caste society.During an electoral rally last month, the minister incited controversy by endearing the Rajputs while praising Dalits.He praised the Dalits for standing up for their principles, pointing out that the Rukhi Samaj, a society of Dalits, did not give in to the British although monarchs and royals did. This relationship included marriage. Rupala has apologized and offered an explanation, but the community is still calling for his removal. For its part, the BJP is working to ease the tension. Senior party figures, including mers of the community, have been dispatched as peace envoys. It is comparable to the party's maneuver to appease the Jat community, which was incensed by the government's handling of the since-repealed farm regulations. Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with community groups ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, extending an olive branch through the presence of BJP MP Parvesh Verma.Speaking anonymously, a leader stated that while the party does not expect harm to its poll prospects, it does not want to take a chance. He remembered how, in 2018, a group of Rajputs who were upset with the government for permitting the showing of the Hindu film Padmaavat called for a boycott of the BJP, which resulted to the party losing the bypolls for the parliamentary seats of Ajmer and Alwar as well as the Mandalgarh assembly seat. Before the bypoll, the BJP had controlled all three seats.