The top brass of Bhartiya Janta Party on Sunday tried to strike an emotional chord with the Ror community of Haryana that claims to be the direct descendents of Marathas who had fought the Third Battle of Panipat.
At a political rally organised here this afternoon, BJP national chief Nitin Gadkari and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, lauded the brave past of the community largely associated with farming.
The rally was organised by Maratha Virender Verma, the bureaucrat-turned-politician who had recently joined the BJP.
Verma, a prominent leader of the Rors, who had earlier unsuccessfully contested assembly and Lok Sabha elections as candidate of his Ekta Shakti party and Bahujan Samaj Party, had recently joined the BJP flock.
Verma claimed to have discovered the Ror's roots with the Marathas, who after the fierce battle of Panipat had settled incognito in various parts adjoining the GT Road belt of Haryana.
Presently, the Rors, a close knitted group of people, are largely settled in Karnal, Kaithal and Panipat districts of the state.
The community has a significant presence in the Karnal parliamentary segment.
Addressing a gathering comprising largely of the members of this community, Gadkari said that the BJP follows the path of Shivaji as the true ruler who gave all support for the cause of people.
"I adore Shivaji more than my parents," said Gadkari while striking an emotional chord with the gathering.
Similarly, Susham Swaraj, too, praised Verma for unveiling the marginalised community's glorious past.
"Virender has done a commendable job by introducing the community with its root and we (BJP-Haryana Janhit Congress alliance in Haryana) need your support in uprooting the Congress regime in Haryana, where women and Dalits are not safe".
Both BJP leaders blame the Congress-led UPA for rising inflation, corruption and deteriorating law and order situation in the state.
Gadkari blamed the non-committal attitude of the Congress leadership behind the poor condition of underprivileged since 1947.
"Pandit Nehru had vowed to end poverty and Indira Gandhi coined the slogan of Garibi Hatao which was followed her son Rajiv Gandhi also. The ruling party under the presidentship of Sonia Gandhi had also raised similar slogans and now Rahul Gandhi too make promises to end poverty, but nothing had been done except coining new slogans every time," says Gadkari.
He said that while India was continuously fighting with Naxalism and Pakistan sponsored terrorism, the Center had failed to check these activities.
Expressing concern for the farmers, Gadkari said that while the farmers are forced to sell all of their produce at low prices, the food products manufactured from the same are sold at exorbitant prices in the market.
Earlier, the HJC supremo and Hisar MP Kuldeep Bishnoi accused the Hooda government of making false promises to the people like round-the-clock power supply, but the situation in the state is worsening.
"Since assuming power in 2005, Hooda is making announcements of projects worth crores of rupees, but a vast majority of these projects have failed to come up. He is cheating people and concentrating development projects only in Rohtak and Sonepat district of the state," said Bishnoi.