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At Mithapur, Ramesh Bidhuri woos Purvanchalis

The meeting, as noted in Bidhuri’s itinerary, was meant to address ‘Purvanchalis’, a term commonly used to denote migrants from Bihar and Eastern Uttar Pradesh.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 27, 2019 06:17 IST
Abhishek Dey
Abhishek Dey
New Delhi
“A rumour that suggests that the BJP is anti-Purvanchalis is doing the rounds. Have you heard that too?” — this was the unexpected question thrown by Ramesh Bidhuri, a current member of Parliament(MP).

“A rumour that suggests that the BJP is anti-Purvanchalis is doing the rounds. Have you heard that too?” — this was the unexpected question thrown by Ramesh Bidhuri, a current member of Parliament(MP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Lok Sabha candidate from South Delhi, in a public gathering at Mithapur village in Badarpur on Friday.

The meeting, as noted in Bidhuri’s itinerary, was meant to address ‘Purvanchalis’, a term commonly used to denote migrants from Bihar and Eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Friday’s event was the third such village gathering addressed by Bidhuri since he filed his nomination earlier this week. While the first was organised in a Jat-dominated village, the second one was organised in an upper-caste, Thakur-dominated village. Bidhuri belongs to the Gujjar community.

Bidhuri also shed light on why he chose a village with a large number of Purvanchali voters in his speech. He said,“This whole anti-Purvanchali message is part of a conspiracy manufactured Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi. These people, who have thrived on caste and communal politics, today accuse the BJP of engaging in such narrow politics of regionalism.”

In November 2018, Bidhuri had allegedly got into a confrontation with a party worker, a Purvanchali, during an event in his constituency. “It was a conspiracy as nobody could provide any video or photo evidence of the incident,” said Bidhuri.

Mithapur village in Badarpur, which comes under the South Delhi Lok Sabha segment, is situated at the Delhi-Haryana border. The area, traditionally inhabited by Gujjars and Brahmins, has witnessed migration from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, parts of Uttarakhand and the Chambal region of Madhya Pradesh over the past 15 years, said Pramod, a money lender, who goes by his first name and whom the villagers informally address as the “last pradhan”.

Later during his speech, Bidhuri addressed the issue of roads and boasted about getting a piece of land sanctioned for a playground. He also promised better metro connectivity. The rest of his speech was about the coal scam and the 2G controversy, the terror attacks in Uri and Pulwama, the Balakot airstrike, Wing Commander Abhinandan’s bravery, Narendra Modi’s efforts in getting him back and the welfare schemes introduced under the BJP rule.

First Published: Apr 27, 2019 06:17 IST