1. BJP to retain power, Congress vote share to increase: Ramdas Athawale

BJP to retain power, Congress vote share to increase: Ramdas Athawale

Athawale said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a great strategist ably supported by BJP party president Amit Shah and both being sons-of-the-soil of Gujarat were aware of the ground situation in the state.

By: | New Delhi | Published: December 11, 2017 5:53 AM
BJP will win Gujarat election says Ramdas Athawale,  Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale, athawale says congress vote share will increase, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti, gujarat elections, gujarat assembly polls 2017 The Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale said today that the BJP would retain power in Gujarat despite the aggressive campaign of the opposition Congress. (PTI)

The Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale said today that the BJP would retain power in Gujarat despite the aggressive campaign of the opposition Congress. Speaking to reporters here, Athawale said that the percentage of votes for the Congress will defintely go up thanks to its campaign as well as the backing of the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS). Athawale said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a great strategist ably supported by BJP party president Amit Shah and both being sons-of-the-soil of Gujarat were aware of the ground situation in the state.
He questioned the decision of PAAS leader Hardik Patel to align with the Congress. “What was Hardik Patel’s logic behind supporting the opposition Congress party which will sit in opposition even after the polls? If Patel had approached me, I would have resolved the Patel reservation issue by taking it up with PM Modi,” Athawale said.

He reiterated that the ceiling for reservations in jobs should go up from the present 49.5 percent to 75 percent on the basis of economic criteria and added that upper castes should also be beneficiaries of it. He demanded an amendment in the Constitution to accommodate 25 percent reservation for job for upper castes. “Only 25 per cent of the total jobs should be left for general category who will get jobs through competitions,” he said. Athawale however added, “This should not disturb the existing reservation system benefitting the Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and the Other Backward Classes (OBCs).” He lauded the leadership of PM Modi who he said believed in development for all without caste discrimination unlike the Congress which he said wanted to divide the country on the basis of caste.

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    Dec 11, 2017 at 6:29 am
    he is the real politician - just used castes community to get power.he is in power ,means his aligned party is in power. he supported Congress, Communist, NCP, and ShivSena, at various time span, and now finally to BJP or NDA. Before every general election , he his RPI party knows well the way winds are moving.. he jumps the wagon .
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