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In Chhattisgarh, the BJP has started an exercise to strengthen the organisation. Because of this, the party has started working on a strategy to cater to the OBC section of the State. About 47 percent of the population of about 2.5 crore people in the state belong to the OBC category. After handing over the command of state president to MP Arun Sao, a strategy is being considered to directly cultivate a large vote bank.
Arun Saw Sahu, who became the new president of the state, belongs to the society, which is the highest among the OBC category in the state. OBCs constitute 47% of the population, playing the role of kings in all state elections. Keeping all these reasons in mind, BJP has bet on the face of OBC. BJP has also tried to stop factionalism in the state by giving responsibility to Sav.
OBCs belonged to BJP, now they belong to Congress
Experts watching state politics say that in the 2018 assembly elections, OBC voters have shifted from the BJP to the Congress. The party had to lose state power for this reason. Now BJP needed a strong OBC face in the state to come back to power. Hence, the party elected Arun Sao as the state president. Sao’s name appearing as the new BJP president clearly shows that the party is now dedicated to catering to the OBC voters of the state. Sahu is basically Teli which is an important OBC category of Chhattisgarh. Another important section of the state is Kurmi, where CM Bhupesh Baghel hails from. Sahu voters in the state are mostly BJP supporters, but they switched in the last election, due to which the BJP lost power.
they do not belong to any group
In a discussion with Amar Ujala, sources related to the state BJP said that former CM Dr. Raman Singh was the face of the BJP in the state for a decade and a half. They are Rajput by caste. Congress Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel belongs to OBC society. To cater to this OBC class, BJP has changed its organization.
Sources say the BJP leadership is now focusing on the second line of OBC leaders in the state, which is sorely lacking. Most of the OBC leaders are guided by influential upper caste leaders. Therefore, the party needs a strong face. Other OBC leaders are caught up in factions, so they don’t have much influence. Saw, who became a first-time MP from the Bilaspur Lok Sabha constituency, is not in any BJP camp and is also loyal to the organisation.
The tribals have been occupied by the BJP
After the formation of the state of Chhattisgarh in 2000, the BJP had placed its trust in most of the tribal faces to lead the party in the state. Tribal leaders like Nandkumar Sai, Shivpratap Singh, Ramsevak Paikra, Vikram Usendi and Vishnudev Sai shouldered the responsibility of state BJP president. Current Leader of Opposition Dharamlal Kaushik has also taken the responsibility of BJP president. Earlier, former MP Tarachand Sahu was also the BJP state president. The OBC population in Chhattisgarh is approximately 47 percent. Tribals constitute about 33 percent and Scheduled Castes about 13 percent. The general population of the state is less than 10%.