Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot made a shocking comment on Wednesday where he said that Ramnath Kovind was made the President because of his caste and to appease the Dalit community.This comment of Ashok Gehlot can be seen as a move to woo Dalit voters away from the BJP towards the Congress. In 2014, the BJP emerged as a major recipient of Dalit votes, whereas the Congress’ vote share in the community declined by 8 per cent and this had affected the fortunes of Congress party in many seats.
Ashok Gehlot also pointed out how senior leader LK Advani was sidelined ahead of the elections. Both Murli Manohar Joshi and LK Advani were denied tickets to fight the Lok Sabha 2019 polls. While LK Advani has not said anything about being dropped from the party’s list of Lok Sabha candidates, he wrote a blog asserting his party never regarded those who disagreed with it politically as “anti-national”. LK Advani and MM Joshi were sidelined in the party after 2014 general elections, in which the BJP got clear majority under the leadership of Narendra Modi. When LK Advani itself hasn’t talked anything against Modi leadership, this statement from the senior Congress leader can be seen as a desperation to accuse Modi leadership without any basis.