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Parties fight for Brahmin votes

Even as the election campaign ended on Tuesday,the tug-of-war for claiming the Brahmin votebank in the city did not come to a close.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
April 22, 2009 1:19:07 am

Even as the election campaign ended on Tuesday,the tug-of-war for claiming the Brahmin votebank in the city did not come to a close. BJP office-bearers claimed that BJP candidate Anil Shirole would receive more support from the Brahmins than Congress candidate Suresh Kalmadi and BSP candidate D S Kulkarni .

BJP city unit president and MLA Girish Bapat said at a press conference on Tuesday,“DSK has the privilege to appeal the Brahmin voters to support him. However,it would be wrong to ask for votes on the basis of one’s caste. It would also be wrong to say that the whole Brahmin community was supporting DSK. No particular person or party could claim the Brahmin votebank as theirs. It is inappropriate to ask for votes this way.”

Bapat added,“Brahmins would never support anybody blindly. BJP would get the maximum support from them in this election.”

Earlier in the day,Moreshwar Ghaisas Guruji,the working president of the Multilingual Brahmin Convention,held some days back in the city and chief trustee of Ved Pathshala of Kothrud,announced his support to Kalmadi. Suryakant Pathak,another office-bearer of the convention came out with a clarification on this.

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He said,“As an office-bearer of the convention,he should have consulted with other office-bearers of the convention. But he did not do so.”

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