With crucial elections taking place in Gujarat and Karnataka, a proposed constitutional state promulgating the law to the National Commission of backwards classes is at the forefront of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party during the monsoon session of Parliament, which begins on July 17.
After several rounds of discussion, the selection committee introduced the report in Parliament during the monsoon session. It is expected that the bill to have a smooth transition, since all political parties agree on the content of the law.
The bill will give the powers of the commission offered to repair the complaints of members of the backwards classes in the same order as those enjoyed by the National Breed Commission.
The creation of a National Commission for Backwards classes, greater power of decision will undoubtedly be a great victory for Narendra Modi government and will be presented as such in the coming months.
Gujarat goes to the polls later this year. Elections in Karnataka are planned for 2018, but media reports said the state’s chief minister, Siddaramaiah, is in favour of progress in December.
However, the BJP does not expect approval of the Act to consolidate its support among the backwards classes. The party has already launched a national campaign to spread the fact that it is the government of Modi has ensured that backwards classes get their rights.
EU ministers and BJP leaders have travelled to different states to convey this message to the widest audience possible. At the same time, the party also takes every opportunity to clear Congress to take the bill in the Rajya Sabha and paint the main opposition party as “antitrust classes.”
A senior BJP official said: “Congress is going to pay a high political price to block the bill.” Therefore, regardless of the approval of the bill in the monsoon session, BJP strategists have assured that the party would win in one way or another.
BJP’s awareness of backwards classes has grown since it got its support in the polls at Lok Sabha in 2014. Modi’s projection as the back-class leader has come a long way than the way to win.
More recently, the BJP’s experience in Uttar Pradesh to accommodate non-Yadav members back classes in their party structures and give them a chunk of polling entries in the Assembly from February to March has paid rich political dividends. The party swept the election, winning 312 of 403 seats.
The BJP plans to extend this strategy across the country, as backwards classes constitute more than 50% of the population. The immediate goal of the party in Gujarat and Karnataka, but also the hope of making significant progress in the southern states, where the back classes play a crucial role in electoral politics.
Following its Uttar Pradesh strategy, the BJP has identified the leaders of the later classes locally in several states, while party chairman Amit Shah held a series of meetings with them in as many states as Gujarat, Telangana, Kerala and Goa itself.
“We have had a very good response in all these states,” said a BJP leader. The BJP hopes that its emphasis on backwards classes will help expand its presence in the south, where it is considered primarily a Brahmin feast confined in the “Hindi cow belt.”