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A strange logic

New Delhi: Some newspapers and journalists promoting Rahul and Co have come out with a strange logic in his support and support of new Dalit Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi.

The selection of a Dalit, according to them, will ensure victory and keep the opposition ( meaning Amrinder group) quiet. How? It is because Dalits constitute 30 per cent of the population.

These journos have also claimed that Rahul has scored a point over the BJP by selecting him before the party which had ” proposed to declare a Dalit as its chief ministerial candidate later”.


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There is nothing wrong in supporting a particular leader or a group. A Dalit like a member of any other community has a right to become a chief minister.

But the logic that the Congress will win because the new CM belongs to a community which has a larger share in population is untenable.

Take Uttar Pradesh , for instance. Dalits in this state account for 22 per cent of the total population. Mayawati is a better known Dalit leader. But in the previous Assembly election in the state only 19 of her party candidates could win. In percentage term, it was less than five per cent of the total seats in Assembly.

The Samajwadi Party has Yadavs as main supporters . They account for only 11 per cent but the party bagged 49 seats of the total 403. The BJP which is considered to be a party of Brahmins and Banias who are not numerically as strong sent more than 300 members to the Assembly.

These newspapers should have also remembered that Capt Amrinder Singh is not a Dalit but he has achieved victory twice and ruled for more than nine and a half years.



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