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HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014

Only caste matters here, not development, employment

Rashpal Singh  Dausa/Bharatpur, April 24, 2014
First Published: 21:38 IST(24/4/2014) | Last Updated: 00:09 IST(25/4/2014)

For 45-year-old Kishani Gurjar, election meant supporting a person of her own caste. A resident of Kamalpura village in Bharatpur district, Kishani did not much think about the local candidate but voted for “Sachin Pilot because he is a Gurjar”.

Likewise, 94-year-old Somoti of Jatav dominated Ullupura village in Bharatpur came out to cast her vote because one of the contesting candidates was of her caste.

Employment, roads, water, electricity and development hold no importance in eastern Rajasthan during election time.

Out of five constituencies, where polling was held on Thursday, majority of electorate voted entirely on caste basis in three constituencies - Dausa, Bharatpur and Karauli-Dholpur.

In other two constituencies - Alwar and Tonk-Sawai Madhopur - some of the voters vouched for saffron wave while the others voted for works carried out in the area.

The Meena dominant belt of Dausa witnessed a large number of electorate singing paeans to local leader Kirori Lal Meena. But a section of the community seemed confused between BJP’s Harish Chandra Meena and Congress candidate Nomo Narain Meena.
“Development or no development, we will vote for Dr Sahab (Kirori)” said a group of youth at Sikandra in Dausa.

In fact, two of the seats Bharatpur (SC) and Karauli-Dholpur (SC) recorded minimum voting percentage because the seats are reserved.

“Upper and general castes usually abstain from voting, as the candidates are from reserved categories,” said a senior government officials seeking anonymity.

In 2009 Lok Sabha polls, Karauli-Dholpur had recorded the lowest voting 37.47% while Bharatpur stood at just 39.12%. This time too, both the constituencies trailed behind other seats with about 55% and 57% polling respectively.


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