The BJP on Tuesday fielded party’s state scheduled caste wing chief from Pune Amar Sable as its candidate for the Rajya Sabha bypoll to be held on March 20. Sable belongs to the dalit community and has always remained loyal to the party. The seat fell vacant following the death of veteran Congress leader Murli Deora in the month of last November.
BJP parliamentary affairs minister Girish Bapat said, “Amar Sable, who is a loyal party worker filed his nomination today for the Rajya Sabha.”
State BJP unit president Raosaheb Danve said that Sable is BJP’s Dalit face and a good activist. The party has given him a chance and there is no resentment over that, his parliamentary board gives opportunity to candidates irrespective of their caste.
“This is not a surprise decision. BJP parliamentary board has discussed four-five names and chosen Sable before taking a final decision,” Danve said when asked about the speculation that senior party leader Vinay Sahasrabuddhe could be the choice.”BJP is an all-encompassing party. People of all sections have got representation,” he added.
The BJP’s decision comes in wake of giving proper representation to all regions, caste and community.
Sable, who represented the backward cell of the party, relentlessly worked in Baramati which is the stronghold of NCP’s president Sharad Pawar and his family. In 2014, assembly elections he was denied the ticket from Pimpri-Chinchwad to accommodate the Republican Party of India candidate.
Since the elections are determined by the electoral strength in state assembly, the numbers weighed in favour of BJP which is largest party in Maharashtra.
The Congress-NCP did not make any attempt to field a candidate, knowing it would be a cakewalk for BJP.
After completing the procedures the formal announcement of Sable’s election to Rajya Sabha would be made on March 13.