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SUPPORTERS OF controversial BJP MP Rajkumar Saini on Monday projected him as the next chief minister of Haryana at a public meeting here.
Saini, who is considered a deeply “polarising” figure in Haryana politics, was named in the Prakash Singh Committee report for making inflammatory statements ahead of the Jat agitation and the BJP had issued a showcause notice to him for making the statements against quotas for the Jat community.
The BJP did not pursue the showcause notice it had issued to Saini, triggering allegations by opposition parties that he was being used by the BJP to consolidate non-Jat communities against the Jats.
The MP arrived in chief ministerial style in a helicopter at the venue of the “Samanta Maha Sammelan”, a gathering of people from 35 non-Jat castes organised by the Loktantra Suraksha Manch, a platform floated by himi in May this year.
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The helicopter showered rose petals on the massive gathering. As the people, who had been waiting three hours for him to arrive, got up to wave to him, someone announced over the mike from the stage that “the son of a Saini family was sitting in a helicopter as a result of efforts made by Dr B R Ambedkar”. There was also a reference to social activist Jyotiba Phule.
At the meeting, speaker after speaker referred to Saini as “Sher-e-Haryana” and the only leader the 35 communities could bank on. They said they had no “guardian” before Saini came on the scene. They said he presented the chance for the 35 communities to have “one of their own” in a seat of power.
Hanuman Verma, spokesperson of Loktantra Manch said, “It is after chants of Modi, Modi started in the country that he became the prime minister. Similarly now is the time to start saying Saini, Saini and ensure that he becomes the Chief Minister of Haryana. If there is anyone who can rule this state properly it is Saini. In February when Haryana burnt no one raised a voice. It was Saini who raised the issue in the Parliament. They [Jats] caused injuries to Congress president Ashok Tanwar. Saini was attacked. Section 307 was dropped and the attackers were honoured.”
The speakers stressed that the Haryana of their dreams could be created only under Saini’s leadership. There were some who said that power was at the doorstep of the other communities now and they should vote carefully in the next elections. “