Intro: A delegation of Dhanagar Samaj Arakshan Kruti Samiti (Dhanagar Community Reservation Action Committee-DCRAC) met Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray and appealed him to continue the alliance with BJP.
Maharashtra will soon be seen salvaged from Congress-National Congress Party (NCP) fists as the second largest community in the State. Dhanagar Community has decided to defeat NCP-Congress once and for all and to go with Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
A delegation of Dhanagar Samaj Arakshan Kruti Samiti (Dhanagar Community Reservation Action Committee-DCRAC) met Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray and appealed him to continue the alliance with BJP on September 16. While talking to the Organiser, the leaders of the Dhanagar Community Hanamantrao Sul (President of the committee) and Avinash Mote, a youth leader of the committee, said that the community has decided to defeat the Congress -NCP once and for all. Shri Sul said that the community has large vote base in about 126 constituencies in Maharashtra. Out of it, the community has decisive votes in 30-35 constituencies in the Western Maharashtra region, a predominantly NCP bastion till date.
Avinash Mote said that the community is frustrated with the NCP and its leader Sharad Pawar. Pawar used dirty tactics to keep the community out of ST category and hence out of rightful reservations including on political front. Every other State has the community listed under Scheduled Tribe category as it is mentioned in the Constitution. But Maharashtra has listed the community under Nomadic Tribes striping it from rightful percentage of reservation and even from political reservations.
Now as educated community is awakening to its rights under the Indian Constitution, it is getting organised and fighting for its various rights. Mote says that this election will be the final fight to defeat Congress NCP from western Maharashtra, which these two parties think as their bastion.
In these 35 constituencies, the community has more than 35 to 40 thousand votes in each of them. This vote base is enough to upstage the Congress NCP's Maratha community centered politics once and for all and create a new Maharashtra under BJP-Sena-RPI alliance.
When asked about what would happen if the BJP-Sena alliance breaks, the Dhanagar Community leaders Shri Hanmantrao Sul, Shashi Tarange Rajendra Kale and Avinash Mote, all said unanimously that the community will vote to defeat the Congress-NCP come what may.
“If the BJP – Sena alliance breaks, we will decide about whom to support at the appropriate time, but we will never allow NCP-Congress to win now, as that will be anti-people. NCP – Congress have never kept their words given to Dhanagar Community, especially Sharad Pawar has back stabbed us,” said Mote.
—Rajesh Prabhu ‘Salgaonkar’ from Mumbai