In search of a jat fortress

Author: 
Rahil Nora Chopra

After the demolition of RLD Chief Ajit Singh’s fortress in the Jat -dominated western Uttar Pradesh, Jats have become restive with the BJP over the reservation issue. They are now increasingly veering round the view that their hopes now rest with the Samajwadi Party, which can help fulfill their demands. Rajender Choudhary and Raj Pal Singh are working hard to bring the Jats closer to Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, who has geared himself to initiate appropriate measures, including visits to western UP to motivate workers in the Jat-dominated areas. Akhilesh has, in fact, nominated Raj pal Singh, a Jat confidant of Mulayam Singh Yadav, as the Meerut district president of the SP. Recently, a seminar was organised on Ram Manohar Lohia in which Rajender Choudhary and Raj Pal Singh invited Jat leader Maharaj Singh Bharti in a bid to consolidate the party in the Jat belt.

WHOLE OF UP DRAPED IN SAFFRON HUE

Move over from the virtual to the real. The Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government has draped the whole of Uttar Pradesh in saffron hue. Starting from the chief minister’s chair to a new fleet of state buses, it’s saffron all over. The latest is the painting of both the exterior and the interior of the CM’s secretariat (annexe) in saffron. Not only the furniture  at his official residence, his office too is getting draped in his favourite colour. Then come the hoardings displaying state government schemes and its achievement, all of which are in saffron. On October 11 Adityanath, who is always dressed in a saffron attire, flagged off a fleet of 50 saffron painted buses called Sankalp Sewa Service. The transport department now plans to launch more such buses to cover some 40,000 villages in the next four years.

SAM PITRODA INVOLVED IN CONGRESS MANIFESTO FOR GUJARAT

Gujarat Congress Pradesh Committee is likely to release its poll manifesto for the Assembly election  around the third week of November. Party leaders Bharatsinh Solanki, Madhusudan Mistry, Shaktisinh Gohil, Arjun Modhwadia, Siddharth Patel and Sam Pitroda are now fully engaged in preparing the document, which is set to attract much attention in view of the Patel leaders’ demand for including the community’s demand for  reservation in the manifesto in the context of its pledged support for the Congress in the election. Discussions are progressing with Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani in this regard. They have been talking not just about reservation, there are a host of other issues like prohibition, woman safety, unemployment, GST, demonetisation etc. Congress aims to wrest power from BJP in Gujarat by pitting three Patel youth leaders against the ruling party. (IPA)

Sunday, 5 November, 2017