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Maharashtra elections: Amit Shah promotes Pankaja Munde, calls her future OBC leader

Shah kicked off the election campaign from Bhagwad Garh and urged the 'Vanjari', a dominant OBC caste, to unite.

Sanjeev Unhale | IBNLive.com

Updated:October 4, 2014, 3:33 PM IST
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Maharashtra elections: Amit Shah promotes Pankaja Munde, calls her future OBC leader
Shah kicked off the election campaign from Bhagwad Garh and urged the 'Vanjari', a dominant OBC caste, to unite.

BJP President Amit Shah in a strategic move, announced on Saturday that 52 per cent of the OBC community should unite under the leadership of Pankaja Munde-Palave, daughter of BJP leader late Gopinath Munde, who during his lifetime had launched a massive Sangharsh Yatra all over the state against the 15 years rule of the Congress-NCP government.

Shah kicked off the election campaign from Bhagwad Garh, the holy place of Bhagwan Baba and urged the 'Vanjari', a dominant OBC caste, to unite and told them that Prime Minister Narendra Modi also belongs to the 'other backward class'. He emphasized that it is an important policy of the government to work towards the welfare of such communities and involve them in the main stream politics.

Another prominent OBC leader Mahadeo Jankar also stressed the need to make Pankja Munde the Chief Minister of Maharashtra considering the fact that the OBCs would be a major vote bank of the BJP in the forthcoming elections. The large number of audience, which became emotional after listening to the last speech of Gopinath Munde and the inspiring words of Pankaja, started demanding that his daughter should be made the next Chief Minister.

Amit Shah remarked that he could not make any political announcement from such a religious place, but his reply was positive to the public demand. "I know very well what you people have in your minds. I am sure that party would give a major responsibility to her," he said.

Starting the election propaganda from Bhagwan Garh itself was a very intelligent move of the BJP. In fact, BJP wants to fill-up the vacuum of the OBC leader in the party after the tragic death of Gopinath Munde. Munde had announced from the same Bhagwan Garh before his death that Pankaja would be his political successor and Amit Shah also made the statement that Pankaja will be the chief leader of OBCs in future. Shah pointed out that the Prime Minister had entrusted the late BJP leader with the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Ministry.

In a powerful speech, Pankaja pointed out that she will make all the efforts to fulfill the dreams of her father Gopinath Munde whom the fate snatched away from her. She stated that her every move will be like that of the Bishop (elephant) in the chess, who moves straight crushing the opponents without caring what happens in the surrounding. She has received good backing with the support of a large number of OBCs who earlier were strong supporters of her late father for a long time.

Amit Shah, while appreciating Pankaja publicly announced that the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi would come to the Bhagwan Garh to fulfill one of Munde's last wishes. Shah was in Beed on Friday to make the review of the arrangements made for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first speech in Beed where the BJP has organsed one of the 22 big public meetings in the Maharashtra assembly elections.

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