Pilot has made his get together management jittery, not the least as legislators from the 2 assertive communities view him favourably. Among the MLAs who skipped the Congress legislature get together (CLP) assembly on Monday, risking the ire of the brass, had been no less than 5 from the Meena group. Given his stature as a Gujjar leader, Pilot will discover these MLAs useful supporters.
Though he has denied contact with BJP, Pilot’s attain with each communities can doubtlessly ease issues for the saffron get together. BJP is not going to want to fret a lot a few detrimental Meena response ought to it attain a take care of the Congress chief.
State cupboard minister Ramesh Meena, a former BJP MP from Dausa and now a Congress MLA from Deoli-Uniyara in Sawai Madhopur district, and Harish Meena had been among the many 5 legislators who pledged assist to Pilot. Their open defiance of the get together excessive command was a transparent indication of accepting Pilot as their chief, one thing unthinkable a number of years in the past, when the Gujjar and Meena communities had been daggers drawn over Scheduled Caste standing.
After changing into an MP from Dausa in 2004, Pilot scripted and acted on the ‘Gujjar-Meena unity’ marketing campaign, holding solidarity rallies in jap Rajasthan, the hub of the 2 communities. Dausa, Sawai Madhopur, Bharatpur, Jaipur Rural and Karauli have a dominant presence of the 2 castes.
In 2018, when Pilot spearheaded the ballot marketing campaign, Congress swept jap Rajasthan and received 42 of 49 seats, a significant factor within the BJP’s rout within the state. The outcomes had been a sign that each communities voted in favour of Congress, which gained because of this. Pilot took a cue from his father, the late Rajesh Pilot, a two-time Lok Sabha MP from Dausa and Bharatpur, as he loved assist of each communities, other than robust backing from Dalit voters.
However, as quickly because the Gujjar group staked declare to its share within the ST quota in authorities jobs and academic establishments, the largest beneficiary of the class, Meenas, had been enraged and the 2 communities had an extended spell of violent clashes. Peace returned just lately when the Gujjars realised the futility of demanding ST standing and launched a marketing campaign for share within the OBC class.