The BJP has been in a fix over the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state — a demand which was revived recently after the West Bengal government announced that Bengali would be a compulsory subject in all schools till Class X.
His remarks came on the day when a village in Ballabhgarh, home to 15-year-old Junaid Khan who was stabbed to death after being called a beef-eater while returning from Eid shopping in Delhi on June 22, wore black bands to protest the killing.
The BJP’s decision to pick Ram Nath Kovind as its presidential candidate is the latest in a series of moves aimed at consolidating SC votes in its favour — from sharing meals with Dalits to adopting Ambedkar’s legacy.
BJP leaders were thrilled as Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao (of TRS) and his Tamil Nadu counterpart Edappadi K Palaniswami (AIADMK) also reached Parliament House. Neither party belongs to NDA but both have announced support to Kovind.
Presidential election: The NDA has 48% — including 40% for the BJP alone — while 14% comes from AIADMK (5%), BJD (3%), TRS (2%), JD(U) (a little under 2%) besides YRSCP and INLD (2% together). The Congress holds just under 15% and is likely to go up to about 34% with support from its allies.
He argued that Christians and Muslims had been getting reservations in government jobs under the backward class categories, so the demand to put them under the SC category was just to make them eligible for contesting elections in reserved seats.
“We have almost 3 lakh votes more than the required number in the presidential electoral college,” said a senior leader referring to the additional support the BJP has managed to get from parties outside the NDA.
Among the proposals the state government is pushing are revival of Jewar airport project, realigning the Buddhist circuit roads, a Ganga circuit connecting Hindu pilgrim centres and time-bound programmes to improve social indicators
More than tangible achievements in terms of improved governance, jobs creation or solutions to the intensifying agrarian crisis, what stands out now is the "feel good factor" created by BJP and its leaders