Sunday, April 4, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Brahmins bag most top BJP posts

Brahmins bag most top BJP posts
Mail Today Bureau
New Delhi, April 4, 2010

The Brahmin, Bania party doesn't seem to be interested in romancing
the OBCs anymore.

The BJP's choice of presidents in electorally crucial states as well
as its central list of office-bearers symbolically highlights the
trend quite clearly.

The central unit led by Nitin Gadkari is dominated by the Brahmins.

Besides the two leaders of Opposition, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley,
the senior-most general secretary, Ananth Kumar, is also a Brahmin.

Gadkari has dropped the sole OBC general secretary Vinay Katiyar.

He now holds an ornamental position as a party vice-president.

But in Maharashtra, Gadkari has tried to check the domination of
Brahmins by appointing Sudhir Mungantivar as the state chief.
Mungantivar, from Vidarbha, is a powerful OBC leader belonging to the
Komti caste.

However, the party is led by Brahmins in most other states. Pandit
Ashwini Sharma heads it in Punjab, while Arun Chaturvedi is the
president of the Rajasthan unit. In Himachal Pradesh, the BJP has
found a Brahmin, Pandit Khimi Ram, to head it.

There are indications that in states such as Uttar Pradesh, Madhya
Pradesh and Bihar, the BJP will end up appointing a Brahmin.
RSS-appointee Prabhat Jha seems to be the chosen one to head Madhya
Pradesh. This signal was clear when Jha, accorded a Rajya Sabha berth
last year owing to his proximity with the RSS strongman Suresh Soni,
did not get any significant position in the central list of

"It is a clear sign that Jha is going to MP," a party insider said.

Similarly in Bihar, three prominent names doing the rounds for the
president's post are state general secretary Mangal Pandey, minister
in the Nitish Kumar government Ashwini Choubey and senior leader
Sukhda Pandey.

This is because the consensus in the state is that a Brahmin should be
appointed to counter- balance Nitish's overt stress on wooing the
"extreme backwards". Both Nitish and deputy chief minister Sushil Modi
are OBCs.

Even in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP is desperate to fill the lacuna created
by Atal Bihari Vajpayee's withdrawal from public life. Chief Minister
Mayawati's social engineering is widely believed to be crumbling with
the Brahmins drifting away because of Mayawati's ostentatious display
of power and the creation of various parks and monuments in her name.

The BJP's biggest worry is that the Congress may turn out to be the
beneficiary of the Brahmins' disenchantment with the BSP. While the
BJP is considering many candidates, Lucknow mayor Dinesh Sharma is
believed to be a strong contender because of his Brahmin lineage.

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