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3 out of our 4 are OBC CMs… Announcement of elections in 5 states and this talk of Rahul Gandhi, what is the planning of Congress

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New Delhi: The Election Commission on Monday announced the dates of assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram. On one hand, election dates were announced in these states, while on the other hand, the demand for caste census was once again raised by the Congress. The Congress Working Committee (CWC) met on Monday itself and discussed caste-based counting and electoral strategy for the upcoming assembly elections. After the CWC meeting, Rahul Gandhi came in front of the media and targeted the Center while talking about the caste census. Rahul Gandhi’s focus was on OBCs. He said that we have 4 Chief Ministers and 3 of them are OBC. After the release of caste census report in Bihar, Rahul Gandhi is raising this issue more vigorously. It is believed that Congress has emphasized on caste based calculation to counter the Hindutva agenda of BJP.

At the same time, efforts to attract OBCs into its fold have intensified. First the assembly elections in 5 states and then the Lok Sabha elections and before these elections, Congress seems to be moving rapidly on this path, leaving the other issues behind. One thing is clearly visible from Rahul Gandhi’s words that Congress is now going to move forward on this issue.

The issue of Secretary in Lok Sabha has now reached the OBC CM.
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that Prime Minister Modi does not work for the OBC class, but tries to divert their attention. Rahul Gandhi said that caste based census is like an X-ray which will reveal the condition of OBC and other classes. Rahul Gandhi asked why the Prime Minister does not want this X-ray. He said that we have 4 CMs and three of them are OBC. BJP has ten chief ministers but only one is from OBC. I gave the example in Parliament that out of 90 secretaries of the country, only three belong to the OBC category. Nothing has been said regarding this till date. It was clear from this that Narendra Modi agrees that those whose population in the country is close to 50 percent, their participation in power should be negligible. Their job is to divert the attention of the OBC community. Rahul Gandhi said that we will conduct caste census in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Himachal Pradesh and apart from this, we will also take such a decision in the states where our government will come to power.

Caste census will clearly show how many and who are the people in India, we will know how many people are there and in whose hands is the money. Perhaps it is our fault too that we did not do it earlier but we will complete it and show it.

Rahul Gandhi, former Congress President

This time Congress has its eyes on BJP’s big vote bank.
Be it Lok Sabha elections or Assembly elections, the vote bank of OBC has increased in favor of BJP. There has been a significant increase since the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. If we look at the data of the last two Lok Sabha elections, we find that OBC voters have mobilized in favor of BJP, while on the other hand, the hold of opposition parties, especially Congress, has weakened here. CSDS data shows that 22 per cent of OBC voters voted for the BJP in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections but this increased to 34 per cent in 2014. This was the election when Narendra Modi became Prime Minister for the first time. After 5 years, when the 2019 Lok Sabha elections were held, this figure reached 44 percent. At the same time, Congress had to be satisfied with only 15 percent vote bank in these two elections. In such a situation, Congress has its eyes on this big vote bank.

Caste census will be conducted in all Congress ruled states, Rahul Gandhi announced after the CWC meeting.
Congress has its eyes not only on elections in 5 states but also on 2024.

There are a total of 83 Lok Sabha seats in 5 states where assembly elections are going to be held. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP had won 65 seats here and Congress had to be content with only 6 seats. The total assembly seats in 5 states is 689 and this is one-sixth of the total assembly seats. The special thing is that the opposition alliance INDIA does not have any special role in these states. The direct contest is between BJP and Congress. If we talk about Telangana, KCR’s party is not with anyone there too. In this election, Congress has played the OBC card by talking about caste census. Congress has started raising this issue vigorously before the assembly elections. It is also certain that Congress is going to move forward on the basis of this issue in the Lok Sabha elections also.

‘Two Indias are being created, one for Adani and the other for everyone’, Rahul’s press conference on caste census.

Will Congress’s position be strengthened in INDIA alliance?
The caste census report in Bihar was released just a few days ago. After the arrival of this report, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav are demanding that it be done in the entire country. It is being said from Nitish Kumar’s side that he has shown a new direction. Now Congress seems to be moving ahead of Nitish-Lalu on this issue. And it is being led by Rahul Gandhi. Rahul Gandhi has raised this issue very loudly in recent times. On Monday, Rahul Gandhi said that caste census was discussed in the Congress Working Committee and this issue will also be discussed with other allies of INDIA alliance. Congress is keeping an eye on the election results of five states and this issue. If the party is successful in this, its position will be strengthened within India also.

This post originally appeared on navbharattimes.indiatimes.com

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