Adding new twist to the election trail, an anti-BJP drive prevailed high and flying across the city when two Buddhist leaders flared up their ire upon the saffron party, appealing the voters not to cast their votes in favour of BJP because the party had supported the person who had hurt their religious sentiments by causing damage to the statue of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar some time ago.
The Buddhist leaders tried to drive home the point that by picking Narendra Borker alias Balya for the post of NMC Standing Committee Chairman, the BJP has invited the anguish of their community voters and the consequences would be seen in the election result. Borker was apprehended for partially damaging the statue of Dr Ambedkar here.
The two Bhikshus (Monks or Buddhist Spiritual Leaders) Bhadant Sadanad of Akhil Bharatiya Bhikshu Mahasangh and Bhadant Arya Nagarjun Surei Sasai of Akhil Bharatiya Dhammasena having a large following in the city and neighbouring states have directed Dalits not to elect BJP leaders. They have supported this diktat with the fact the in-spite of the fact that the police had registered cases against Balya Borker under Atrocities Act, BJP had shielded him.
The two monks lambasted BJP terming it is a party of hypocrites and has double standards for every state. “While they promptly removed Bangaru Laxman (the only dalit who rose to become Party President) for taking bribe, they have chosen not to act against Borker for his offensive act.
The latest track in the election scene could further hamper the BJP’s attempt to draw dalit votes to its side. Source put the total dalit vote count in Nagpur to 3.5 lakh. Besides, there are 2.5 lakh Muslim and Christians voters and about 1.5 linguistic minorities. If all these vote for Congress party, then there is nothing to prevent their winning in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.