The Madhya Pradesh OBC section has suddenly become very important to both the BJP & the Congress in the state. Radhanpur’s Congress MLA, Alpesh Thakor is trying to create the Gujarat magic during election time in Madhya Pradesh by organizing a mammoth convention in the following three months of OBCs for addressing their issues and problems. A public meeting will also be held by Hardik Patel, PAAS leader from Gujarat on February 19 in Bhopal.
Thakor aimed at bringing together the minorities, SC/STs and OBCs for ensuring the grant of rights as laid down in the constitution for them and aligned with the fight begun by Lokendra Singh Gurjar, the OBC leader in the state.
He revealed the failure of the MP government in providing the jobless youth, farmers and backward classes their due rights. He stated that 15% out of the total OBCs of 54% in Gujarat were employed while in Madhya Pradesh the percentage of employed youth was a mere 6%.
Thakor criticized the PM for not focusing on welfare steps for the OBCs and also condemned the PM’s recent remarks on frying of pakodas and explained his reasons for making the mushroom taunt at the PM. He felt that the PM was focusing more on the interests of Palestine and Taiwan rather than his own country. As for the BJP’s Gujarat win, it was all due to a show of wealth and muscle strength.
The Congress’ efforts to wrest the OBC votes from the BJP did not go down well with the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He counteracted the Congress move by inducting three OBC ministers during a cabinet reshuffle. He also organized a mammoth convention of farmers in Bhopal to be held on Monday. The OBC which constitute 50% of the population in the state is being eyed by the Congress as a possible vote bank during the forthcoming elections in the state.