The beleaguered chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, made a surprise announcement this week that has far-reaching political consequences in the poll-bound state.
In an obvious attempt to douse the prairie fire ignited by the aggressive movement against the amended SC/ST Act, the CM said that his government would not allow the law to be misused in the state. “There would not be any arrest without investigation,” he announced.
Chouhan’s statement came, significantly, a day after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, BJP’s ideological fountainhead, expressed his opinion on the controversy surrounding the “misuse” of the Act for prevention of atrocities against scheduled castes and tribes. Continue reading “Chouhan’s risky gameplan on SC/ST Act”
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”