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OBC SAMMELAN: RSS-DRIVEN BJP BUS WANTS TO DIVIDE YOU New Delhi: With an eye on the 2019 general election, Congress President Rahul Gandhi is focusing on OBCs to counter BJP. “RSS drives the bus of the BJP. It wants to divide the OBC community” said Rahul
Sounding the poll bugle for the 2019 LokSabha election, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on June 11 said that the Congress party is ready to open the door of politics for OBCs who constitute 55-60% of India’s population. Addressing the first ever convention of Congress OBC leaders at Talkatora stadium in New Delhi, Rahul said "We do not want to give you just a little space in the party, but your full rights. We want to send you LokSabha, to the RajyaSabha and to the assemblies. We want to give you the key (to power)."
Pointing out differences between the functioning of the BharatiyaJanata Party and the Congress, Rahul compared BJP with a bus which is controlled by the RSS. "RSS drives the bus of the BJP. It wants to divide the OBC community. While we want to bring you into mainstream politics and hand over the key of the bus to you, " said Rahul.
In his 30 minute-speech which was full of anecdotes and analogies, Rahul attacked PM NarendraModi several times. Accusing Modi of causing distress to farmers, Rahul repeated his accusation that the Modi government had waived loans of 15-20 corporates, but not of farmers. "Farmers died but the Modi government did not announce a loan waiver... Very soon Modi and the RSS would soon realise they alone cannot run the country,” said Rahul. Congress OBC convention comes ahead of elections in states with significant OBC populationCongress OBC leaders and party workers from all states along with special delegates attended the convention, which comes just months before assembly elections in four states having a large chunk of OBC population. OBCs constitute roughly over 55% of India’s population. The convention is seen as an effort by the Congress to regain its lost OBC vote base, which drifted away from the party in all big states after the rise of Mandal politics. In the northern states such as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, in particular, the rise of regional parties representing aspirations of particular caste groups, have severely dented the Congress.Many OBC leaders remembered former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for her initiatives to implement the reservation policy. However, it was the VP Singh government which implemented the recommendations of the Mandal Commission in late 1980s. This led to parties like Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh and Janata Dal (United) and RashtriyaJanata Dal in Bihar, to name a few, gaining at the expense of Congress."Perhaps our party has committed some mistakes in the past but under Rahul's leadership we will correct it," said Ashok Gehlot, party general secretary while addressing the audience before Rahul.Some speakers demanded that Modi government release the caste census data.
Congress leader BK Hariprasad said that an affirmative action like reservation is often dubbed as a means to crush talent, but that is a myth. Citing an example of the public sector banks, he said that there are 436 general managers working with all public sector banks in India but among them there are only 6 from the OBC category.
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