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Rajnath Singh says Jats can no longer be annoyed by the BJP party

Rajnath SinghPhoto Credit: Hindustan Times

The Union defence minister was addressing poll-bound Uttar Pradesh at Ghaziabad’s Modi Nagar, an assembly seat with a sizable Jat population.

Former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh was recognized as a “role model” by Union Minister Rajnath Singh, who declared that the Jat community could no longer be upset with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

In poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, the defence minister was speaking in Ghaziabad’s Modi Nagar, an assembly segment with a sizable Jat population. In 2014, 2017, and 2019, the group endorsed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but distanced itself from it after the farm protests.

In November of last year, the Centre repealed the contentious agricultural laws that had been imposed in September 2020.

A day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah reached out to the Jat community ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, Rajnath made the statement in Modi Nagar, an Assembly segment with a sizable Jat population.

The Shah’s outreach is being interpreted as an attempt to win over the community, which has been protesting the central agricultural laws for a year.

“I am also the son of a farmer, and farmers are not separate from us. It is the sensitivity of our Prime Minister that he immediately decided to roll back the three farm laws. Since the time I entered politics, former prime minister late Chaudhary Charan Singh has been a role model for us. I know Jats very well and am close to them from my heart. They are not in any way annoyed with us. I am assured that we will get more seats in Uttar Pradesh in 2022 than what we got in 2017,” Singh said.

The minister responded to BJP MP Pravesh Sahib Singh Verma’s remarks that the party’s doors are always open for Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Jayant Chaudhary, who is Charan Singh’s grandson: “I do not wish to comment on any specific person but I wish to tell you that the BJP and its alliance will win more seats than they did in 2017.”

His party, according to the minister, does not believe in caste-based politics. “We only believe in policies that are founded on fairness.” Our Prime Minister has worked tirelessly over the last seven years to improve the country’s image around the world, and it is much admired. “People have faith in the BJP,” he stated.

“The Jats have decided to side with RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary. I would like to ask why the meeting by the Union home minister (Amit Shah on Sunday with Jat leaders) was held in Delhi. Instead, they should come here in western UP and hold meetings,” Trilok Tyagi, RLD national general secretary, said.

“The [farm] agitation has ended and at present, it seems that the Jats are undecided due to various factors. For instance, they are in a fix on seats where the Samajwadi Party-RLD combine has fielded Muslim candidates. In such a case, many think that they should go to the BJP instead. So, Rajnath Singh is more or less correct when he says that Jats are close to BJP. The voting by Jats it seems will be circumstantial,” KK Sharma, associate professor (history) at MM College, Modinagar, said.

“The timely roll-back of the three farm laws will also help the BJP,” he added.

He offered prayers at the Mahamaya temple in the constituency’s Sinkri Kala village before speaking to the crowd. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also went to the tree, where it is said that people were hanged during the British occupation.

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