Days after Captain Amarinder Singh was changed with Charanjit Singh Channi because the chief minister, Congress’s Punjab in cost Harish Rawat in an interview with News18 mentioned Singh is a senior chief and might be accommodated inside the social gathering, supplied he “takes initiative”. Rawat says he believes appointing Channi was a “good transfer” and it has left a huge impact on Dalit voters throughout north India.
The previous Uttarakhand CM asserted that he want to see a Dalit chief minister within the hill state too. In an obvious reference to Uttar Pradesh, the veteran Congress chief mentioned not solely Dalits however Brahmins too have grow to be nearer to the social gathering. There was a time when Congress appointed a number of Brahmin CMs, he identified. The Congress must work exhausting in the direction of making an ‘Akhand Bharat’ the place all communities and caste may get due illustration.
Listed here are excerpts from the interview:
Has the ability battle come to a halt in Punjab?
There isn’t any energy battle anymore in Punjab. The scenario is regular after Charanjit Singh Channi took over because the chief minister. There are few “self-interest teams”, which try to create variations between Sidhu and Channi, though each are collectively.
Who’re these creating variations as you mentioned?
There are huge stakeholders in Punjab. Some are outsiders, some are former Congressmen with vested pursuits.
Amarinder Singh has mentioned he is not going to stay in Congress however technically he’s nonetheless the social gathering member. Has the Congress selected his destiny?
We respect Captain Amarinder Singh. Now we have clarified after Singh had alleged humiliation. No matter political developments took form (in Punjab), they have been solely to make issues higher. We had stored Singh in loop of each resolution. Many MLAs have been involved about their electoral prospects they usually demanded for a Congress Legislative Social gathering assembly. The social gathering has no choice however to convene a gathering. Singh didn’t attend the assembly and most popular to submit the resignation to the governor. Now, it’s as much as the Singh to fulfill Congress president and talk about (in regards to the future plan of action). There isn’t any dearth of ‘assignments’ for Singh but it surely’s for him to determine and provoke.
So, are you giving an olive department to Captain?
Sure, there isn’t a ending for prospects in politics.
In poll-bound Uttarakhand, three MLAs, together with one Impartial and the opposite from Congress joined BJP. Does this harm Congress?
No, it doesn’t. Apparently, we’re pleased that we now have a transparent slate. Congress MLA who joined BJP was not successful as per our inner survey. Equally, the 2 Independents after becoming a member of BJP have given us a transparent edge as we now know the complicated equations.
You might have mentioned after Punjab you want to see a Dalit CM in Uttarakhand. Opposition events say it’s only a political gossip?
Historically, Dalits had remained with the Congress. Nonetheless, northern India’s UP and adjoining components remained an exception the place the Dalits acquired swayed by the Hindutva narrative in the previous couple of years. However now they’re disenchanted by the BJP because the very primary problems with the group haven’t been resolved. So far as giving prominence to Dalits is anxious, we have now a Dalit CM in a state like Punjab, which isn’t a traditional political growth. I supposed to see a Dalit CM within the higher caste dominated Uttarakhand. This may give a robust message of social concord.
However the BJP questions your intention. Yashpal Arya who was until at present the minister within the BJP authorities and was additionally the Congress president when it got here to energy in 2012. Why was he not appointed the CM then?
There may have been a unique scenario in 2012 and I’m not conscious. However at current, the political ambiance is sort of distinct the place Dalits and several other different backward communities like Lodhi, Bari, Baghel are feeling uncared for. BJP’s politics goes in opposition to the pursuits of OBCs and Dalits. Subsequently, we really feel ‘weaker sections’ ought to be given prominence.
Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi have extensively toured Uttar Pradesh. Whether or not it will assist the Congress in getting Dalit votes as you claimed after the Punjab fiasco?
Dalits and Congress share a robust bond. Brahmins additionally shared a robust bond. There was a time when Congress gave a number of Brahmin chief ministers. Now they (Brahmins) need to look ahead to events (BSP) to get a ticket. The place are minorities at present? In UP, the Congress use to provide them (minorities) ample illustration. We have to work exhausting in the direction of making an ‘Akhand Bharat’ the place all communities and caste get due illustration.
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