RESENTMENT IS brewing among members of the minority community as none of the three major political parties put up a candidate from their community for the mayor’s post.
While the Samajwadi Party and the Congress gave tickets to Brahmins, the BJP fielded a non-Brahmin in the absence of suitable Brahmin candidate. However, sensing opposition from the Brahmin community, the BJP leaders tried to pacify them by giving more than 60 percent (49 out of 79 tickets) tickets to the Brahmin candidates for contesting corporator’s election. But, the party’s move failed to satisfy the Brahmin community.
On the other hand, members of the minority community were hopeful that the Samajwadi Party candidate for the mayor’s post would be from among them. But considering the ongoing political trend of mustering support of the upper castes, especially the Brahmins, former BJP MLA Neeraj Chaturvedi was given the ticket.
The selection of a ‘non party worker’ has also upset SP supporters. A sizeable section of Muslims has decided to remain neutral during polling instead of supporting Neeraj.
Replacing Anil Sharma, a sitting mayor, with Badrinath Tewari has put the Congress leaders in difficulty. Now, they are being blamed for ignoring the minority community and playing ‘caste within caste’ politics.
A sizeable number of Congress workers objected to the remarks of Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal that Kanyakubj Brahmin could be the best choice for the post. His remarks angered party workers. Muslims are also not happy with the selection.
However, Congress leaders are confident that the workers would realise the constraints in making the choice selection and would extend support to the candidates.