BJP’s contrasting strategies for agrarian communities | India News

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JALANDHAR: In a study of contrasts, BJP replaced its chief minister in Gujarat to give the post to a representative of the dominant agrarian community there, Patidars or Patels, to appease the community, but in Punjab, the party is adopting a reverse strategy vis-a-vis Jat Sikhs.
In Haryana, BJP successfully experimented with this reverse strategy so that politically dominant Jats, the main agrarian community in that state, were ignored.
In Punjab, the BJP never had its support base among Sikhs even as they voted for the party during its long alliance with SAD. The farm agitation has increased the gap between the two sides as most of the farmers in the state are Jat Sikhs.
In Gujarat, the Patidars are estimated to be around 13-14% of the total population and Jat Sikhs in Punjab are estimated to be around 25% even as BJP insists that their number is around 18%.
The BJP has inducted…

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