Spoilsports of 2018 election

DB Post 18 August 2018

NK SINGH

The emergence of a radical maverick organisation as a political force in western Madhya Pradesh has worried both the BJP and the Congress, the main contenders for the throne in the upcoming MP assembly election. Jai Adivasi Yuva Shakti (JAYS), an organisation of tribal youths, has thrown its hat in the ring.

Jays has announced that its members will contest not only all the 47 Vidhan Sabha seats reserved for scheduled tribes but also fight from 30 other constituencies with sizeable number of Adivasi voters.

Jays has been active in the tribal areas, particularly western region, for some time now. The success of its recent rallies in small tribal towns and the outpouring of support from youth have caught the media’s imagination. Continue reading “Spoilsports of 2018 election”

The Rise of OBCs in MP Politics

DB Post 11 Aug 18

NK SINGH

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has invoked his OBC status in the run up to the MP assembly elections. He tells the voters that he is the son of a poor farmer from backward class. And that is why raja-maharajas like Digvijay Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia and business tycoons like Kamal Nath were trying to oust him from power.

The forthcoming election, he says, is a fight between the poor and the backward on one side and the rich and the feudal on the other.

When Kamal Nath reached Bhopal three months ago to take over as MPCC chief, his combat gear consisted of a voluminous document detailing caste composition of each assembly constituency.

His election strategy also hinges on the OBCs, who constitute more than half of the population in the state. The Congress has realised that its traditional dependence on tribal and dalit votes is no longer a guarantee of smooth sailing at the hustings. Continue reading “The Rise of OBCs in MP Politics”