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Do not allow vote division: CM to OBC representatives

Do not allow vote division: CM to OBC representatives

NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday urged the representatives of the OBC community to not allow division of vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha election. In the last election of 2014, there was a shift of OBC votes from the AAP towards the BJP. "We had a meeting with all the representatives of the OBC communities with the CM. There is a large section (85 per cent) of Muslims who are part of the OBC community who also met the CM. All the representatives said that the community is happy with the work of the AAP government and assured their support," Delhi SC/ST/OBC welfare minister Rajendra Pal Gautam told the Millennium Post. He also said that issues of OBC certificates and other such issues were also discussed with the Chief Minister.

When asked about the support of the OBC community in this coming election, Gautam said, "After coming to power the AAP has always focused on the developments of the SC/ST and OBC communities. I myself attended to most of the grievances raised by the communities and hence believe that this time we will get full support of the caste minorities." Earlier time to time Chief Minister Kejriwal always slammed BJP's stance on the minorities and criticised various incidents of caste atrocities throughout India

According to the 1991 Census, the Scheduled Castes (SC) Delhi was 17.95 lakh, which was 19.05 per cent of Delhi 's total population of 94.21 lakh. According to census records, there is no Scheduled Tribe (ST) population in Delhi, as none of the tribes is notified as the city. So far, the Delhi Backward Classes (DBC) Commission of Delhi has notified 54castes as Other Backward Classes (OBC) in Delhi, but no authentic estimate is available regarding the OBC population in Delhi.

According to the survey of Developing Societies (CSDS) in 2013 Vidhan Sabha election AAP got nearly 35 per cent of OBC vote but in 2014 Lok Sabha poll the party got 39 per cent of their votes. The survey also showed that BJP also got 35 per cent of OBC voted in 2013 but in 2014 the party got 48 per cent vote OBC vote hence there was a notable shift of OBC vote.

Sayantan Ghosh

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