Now parties focus on CBO, Hindu voters: The Tribune India
Tribune press service
Chandigarh, October 24
In the poll-linked Punjab, political parties are now scrambling to capture the large non-Jat, OBC and Hindu vote bank.
After playing the card of the programmed card by installing the Dalit Sikh CM Charanjit Singh Channi, Congress is now focusing on the 31 percent of the votes of CBOs and 12 percent of Hindus.
Can tip the election result
- After appointing a chief minister of the SC, Congress now focuses on 31% of the votes of CBOs and 12% of Hindus
- Capt Amarinder Singh, having decided to form a new party, also courted the leaders of the two communities
- SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal learns how to connect with second-tier Cong leaders who have been sidelined
As the party leadership seeks to reach out to its disgruntled Hindu and OBC leaders, former CM Capt Amarinder Singh, after announcing his decision to form a new political party, is also courting leaders of both communities.
As the former CM hinted at a pre-vote alliance with the BJP in the event of a favorable solution to the farmers’ unrest, the OBC and the Hindu Voting Bank will play a key role in announcing the results.
We learn that SAD chairman Sukhbir Singh Badal is trying to poach second-tier Hindu and CBO leaders in Congress who have not been politically rehabilitated during Congress’ four and a half years of rule. Already, Sukhbir is said to be in talks with prominent leaders who enjoy considerable support among the two communities. Cabinet Minister and CPC Chairman Sangat Singh Gilzian said neither Akalis nor Captain Amarinder during their reign cared about CBOs. “Considering the 31% voting share of the CBO, they should be given appropriate representation in the power sharing,” he said.
Having influence in the parliamentary segments of Anandpur Sahib, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Patiala and Ferozepur, the leaders of the CBO are said to be unhappy not to have been rehabilitated into the political configuration over the years.
Former CCP leader Sunil Jakhar said the division according to caste and religion was against the spirit of Congress. “The moment caste and religion come into play, Congress will lose its character.”
After Charanjit Singh, son of Congress pillar Dilbagh Singh, left Congress in 2016, no CBO leader has been trained so far in the Doaba region. “After the late Gaini Zail Singh, the Ramgarhia community was sidelined by the party,” said Rajpal Singh, a senior congressman of the CBO.