During his second visit, the congress youth leader preferred to meet only the lower caste people. So he selected two famous cities,
Why did Rahul decide to take such a decision when he knows that his caste politics formula was unsuccessful in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and
Let me explain the nature of Orissa politics in brief (very brief).
In Orissa, Brahmins and Karans (more popular as Pattnaiks or Kayasths) have been dominating politics for the last 50 years. If you take a close look at all the leading parties in the state, you may admit that either a Brahmin or Karan at the top?
The Pattnaiks - Biju, J B, Naveen are Karans. Nandini Satpathy is a Brahimin. And so it goes.
From 1980 to 2000, it was Karan leaders who ruled the state -- J B Patnaik for the first 14 years and Biju for five. In between there came two tribal leaders: Giridhar Gamang and Hemanand Biswal. These two leaders remained in power for a short period that missed public memory largely. Now Naveen Pattnaik! He is in power for the second consecutive terms.
If caste is not a factor then why is it that only Brahmins and Karans have ruled the state for most part of the last 50 years.
The first chief minister of Orissa, the late Nabakrishna Chaudhry was a Karan by caste. He was succeeded by Harekrushna Mahtab, a Chatriya (Rajput). After him, another Karan Biran Mitra became the CM. Biju Patnaik succeeded him. Then came Sadashiv Tripathy, a Brahimin. He was followed by Biswanath Das, his caste brother. In the early 70s, a Chatriya, R N Singh Deo, became the chief minister. Then Nandini Satpathy came to power. She was succeeded by another Brahmin, Binayak Acharya. It was only in 1977 that a backward caste politician, Nilamani Routray, became chief minister. Even then, it is believed that he was just a rubber stamp of Biju Patnaik.
In Orissa, Brahmins constitute about seven per cent of the population while the Karans are about four per cent.
Whenever, a tribal has become the chief minister of the Congress, the Karan and Brahmin lobbies within the party have campaigned so that the high command replaced him. It is evident in the way Gridhar Gamang was replaced.
Viewed so, should I conclude that the second visit of Rahul Gandhi is the germination of caste politics in Orissa?