Already having nibbled by the caste venom spreaders during the Jat reservation stirs, will Haryana have to face a new bite of abhorrent caste-based method to fetch votes? After seeing the ineffectiveness of its religious weapon in the recently held elections in some states, is BJP trying to utilize the divide and rule policy among castes to win the race? An advertisement carrying the photo of a BJP Mayoral candidate in a recently held Municipal Corporation elections on December 16, 2018 along with the photos of Prime Minister Modi and state’s Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar (a Punjabi by caste, but always claims to be a Haryanavi) with BJP’s symbol printed therein, clearly shows the intention of the persons entangled in the publication of this piece to divide the community in caste segments for their electoral gains.
The advertisement, requesting to vote for a BJP candidate, reads- “Vote for BJP, because – Got the first Punjabi CM in Haryana in 52 years. If you make a mistake today, will not get the chance again in the next 60 years. Some persons of a particular caste want to dethrone the Punjabi Chief Minister by putting and firing the gun on someone else’s shoulder. Appeal of Punjabi community –Support the Punjabi Chief Minister openly.”
Is it not a direct violation of code of conduct by getting the advertisement published to fetch the support for the mayoral candidate of Karnal just on the day of voting and requesting the voters’ favour on caste basis. Is it not a case of inciting caste hatred in the society during elections? Has it been published without the knowledge and permission of the state chief minister and Karnal MLA Manohar Lal Khattar? Or the party is sowing the caste-coated seeds to harvest the better crop in the forthcoming assembly and parliamentary elections? Who got this published? If there is no involvement of the BJP and its mayoral candidate in its publication, will the party and the candidate dare to demand for its vigilance enquiry? Will the Election Commission take a note of it and order its enquiry or close its eyes just to ignore the incident? Many questions are raising their hands to get the answers, but who will reply and what will the reply be, will this reflect the working of the Election Commission and the intention of the BJP?