Ban­jara Kranti Dal to field 22 seats in­de­pen­dently

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI -

The Ban­jara com­mu­nity, which is po­lit­i­cally strong and has a pres­ence in all po­lit­i­cal par­ties, have de­cided to con­test 22 out of to­tal 48 seats of the Lok Sabha in the com­ing elec­tions. The Bharatiya Bahu­jan Kranti Dal (BBKL) led by Morsing Rathod has taken a de­ci­sion to field in­de­pen­dently in all parts of the state, es­pe­cially in Vi­darbha and Marath­wada where the pop­u­la­tion of the com­mu­nity plays a de­cid­ing role. In a core com­mit­tee meet­ing held on Sun­day, it was de­cided to fo­cus on South Mum­bai, Kalyan-Dom­bivli, Jal­gaon, Washim, Ya­vat­mal, Hin­goli, Jalna, Ahmed­na­gar, Akola, Nanded, Parb­hani, Os­man­abad, So­la­pur, Au­rangabad, Dhule, Raver, Buld­hana, Chan­dra­pur, Latur, Bhi­wandi, Pand­harpur and Nashik LS seats.

Rathod, while speak­ing with the me­dia said, “The pop­u­la­tion of Ban­jara com­mu­nity is around 12 mil­lion across the state. Like Dhangars, Ban­jara vot­ers are in ma­jor­ity in more than 50 per cent as­sem­bly con­stituen­cies across the state. It’s a good op­por­tu­nity to show the strength of the com­mu­nity and to win max­i­mum seats of the LS and in next as­sem­bly polls.”

The late Vas­antrao Naik and Sud­hakar­rao Naik were two chief min­is­ters from the com­mu­nity who led the state. Ni­lay Naik, the next gen­er­a­tion of the Naik fam­ily, had

The pop­u­la­tion of Ban­jara com­mu­nity is around 12 mil­lion across the state. Like Dhangars, Ban­jara vot­ers are in ma­jor­ity in more than 50 per cent as­sem­bly con­stituen­cies across the state. It’s a good op­por­tu­nity to show the strength of the com­mu­nity and to win max­i­mum seats of the LS and in next as­sem­bly polls. — MORSING RATHOD, leader, Bharatiya Bahu­jan Kranti Dal

joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) last year and be­came the mem­ber of state leg­isla­tive coun­cil (MLC) from the BJP quota.

Whereas Harib­hau Rathod, for­mer BJP mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, who later joined Con­gress is now a mem­ber of the Up­per House. San­jay Rathod of Shiv Sena is in Deven­dra Fad­navis cabi­net hold­ing port­fo­lio of rev­enue as min­is­ter of state. All these three lead­ers be­long­ing to Ban­jara com­mu­nity hail from Ye­vat­mal dis­trict only.

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