A poster issued by a Congress leader in Bihar has landed the party in trouble as its opponents have started accusing it of pandering to caste sentiments ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
While Rahul Gandhi and Bihar Congress chief Madan Mohan Jha were shown as representing the “Brahmin community”, Shaktisinh Gohil was labelled as representing the “Rajput samuday” (community).
The posters also have images showing Congress’ campaign committee chairman and Rajya Sabha member Akhilesh Prasad Singh and Congress Legislature Party leader Sadanand Singh representing the “Bhumihar samuday” and “pichhda samuday”, respectively. It also has images of a few other prominent party leaders, with their respective caste groups mentioned.
The lines written on the top of the poster were-
“We congratulate party president Rahul Gandhi for ensuring that the newly appointed Bihar Congress working committee sets a benchmark of communal harmony [by giving representation to all castes/communities]”.
In the poster, the Congress leaders are placed in two rows. In the front row, Rahul Gandhi is seated at the centre and is flanked by Congress’s newly appointed president for its Bihar unit, Madan Mohan Jha, and three other state leaders. The remaining seven leaders are standing in the second row.
The BJP criticised the Congress
BJP state spokesperson Nikhil Anand urged the Election Commission to “take note of the brazen attempt at playing the caste card ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.”
Speaking about the posters, Mr Anand said, “In sheer desperation, the Congress has been resorting to gimmicks like proclaiming Rahul Gandhi as one who wears the sacred thread, worships Lord Shiva and goes to Kailash Mansarovar on pilgrimage.”
“Now you see such posters. This marks a new low in the history of the Congress. This is something Mahatma Gandhi had rightly wished to abolish after Independence,” he said.
“The Congress party and its national president (Rahul Gandhi) should apologise to the nation for this (posters highlighting castes), while the Election Commission should take note of the attempts to play up caste and religious feelings and initiate appropriate action,” Mr Anand said.
Posters proclaiming Gandhi as a “Shiv Bhakt” were also put up in Bhopal when the Congress President visited Madhya Pradesh during a recent trip.
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