Caste politics in India plays a vital role in the formation of ministries and governments as well. Earlier, the Brahmans were a dominating force in the political field. Most of them used to get major portfolios in state and union governments. Gradually, things have changed, and now caste matters a lot, but not everything.
Union Minister Raosaheb Danve has said he wishes to see a Brahmin community member as the chief minister of Maharashtra.
Reacting to it, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said a transgender or an individual belonging to any caste can become the state’s chief minister if he/she has the backing of 145 MLAs (out of 288 assembly seats in the state).
Danve made the remark on Tuesday night during a rally in Jalna organised by the Brahman community to commemorate Parshuram Jayanti.
The demand from the community was that Brahmanas should get more representation in local governing bodies. In response, senior BJP leader Danve said, “I just don’t want to see Brahmins as corporators or civic body heads, I wish to see a Brahmin as the chief minister of this state.”
Danve said he had campaigned in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh for the assembly elections held in those states earlier this year.
So much casteism has come into politics that it cannot be ignored. But, there should be a leader who can keep communities together, “he said.