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Saffron Scoop | Ramesh Bidhuri Has Had a Loose Tongue for Long. But BJP Can’t Afford to Bench Him

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Politically speaking, Ramesh Bidhuri is not a character who can be portrayed in black or white. The South Delhi MP recently hit the headlines for using derogatory words for BSP MP Danish Ali in Parliament, forcing Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to apologise on the BJP’s behalf. Controversy’s child, a perpetual loudmouth — these phrases are often used against the former Delhi MLA. But there’s another side to Bidhuri too; he is also considered to be a grassroots leader with a huge mass base, a community leader of the Gurjars, and someone who can arrange crowds for BJP rallies overnight.

It has always been a risk for the BJP to keep him in the party, but a risk worth taking it appears. While one set of leaders – particularly some erudite leaders — complain about “leaders like Bidhuri”, another set considers him to be an “asset”. Ramesh Bidhuri, the politician, swims in between these contrasts.

Bidhuri the Bane

Not only does the Opposition consider him to be a “hate monger”, a section of the BJP, however minuscule, too considers him to be a “long-standing migraine”. It’s not just his latest choice of offensive and communal words against a Muslim MP that has put the party in an extremely uncomfortable position amid its outreach to Pasmanda Muslims, but Bidhuri has a long-standing track record of being on the wrong side.

Last year, when a parent went to seek help from him in a matter related to their child’s school, Bidhuri allegedly replied: “Why do you give birth to a child in the first place?”

He sparked off another controversy when he made a similar communal comment in his recent diatribe. “Wherever Muslims are in the minority, we speak of human rights. But wherever they are in the majority, violence breaks out,” he said.

In 2019, at a meeting in Mehrauli, Bidhuri used a Hindi slur for Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal in the presence of Union Minister Giriraj Singh. He even stood by his words later, saying: “I will say this again and again, I don’t think I said anything wrong.”

In 2015, women MPs had complained against Bidhuri’s “sexist and abusive language” in the Lok Sabha. Ranjeet Ranjan, Congress MP from Supaul in Bihar, had officially complained to the Speaker about his “abusive” language against her. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Supriya Sule, then Congress MP from Silchar Sushmita Dev, Trinamool Congress’s Arpita Ghosh from Balurghat constituency and CPM’s Kannur MP PK Shreemathi Teacher had accompanied Ranjan to the Speaker’s room.

Each time, the BJP was caught off guard. But over the years, the party has learnt to live with his faux pas – each bigger than the last.

Bidhuri the Boon

Ramesh Bidhuri hails from the Gurjar community, which is estimated to number around 1 crore 60 lakh across India. In poll-bound Rajasthan, they form around 5% of the population, scattered across 21 districts of the state where they can play a decisive role.

It’s no surprise then that regardless of the current controversy that forced JP Nadda to issue a showcause notice, the BJP MP has been given the charge of ensuring a win in Gurjar-heavy Tonk, which is also Congress leader Sachin Pilot’s home turf. Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra and Congress leader Jairam Ramesh have questioned Bidhuri’s appointment in the backdrop of the latest row.

BJP sources insist that the responsibility was given to Bidhuri before his controversial diatribe in Parliament and that the announcement happened to be made later. Insiders say it should not be seen as a ‘reward’ as some in the Opposition have been alleging.

The Opposition, however, has countered that even if that were the case, the appointment could have been withdrawn.

The fact that the BJP hasn’t done that shows what matters the most in electoral politics – Bidhuri is a vote catcher.

He enjoys the support of some senior BJP leaders. During the course of the last year, there have been at least two false alarms of a Union Cabinet expansion. “His name was lobbied for by more than one sitting minister. Yes, I know, it may come as a surprise to you, but he enjoys the backing of a few sitting Union Ministers,” said a BJP source.

In politics, one is either a natural crowd-puller like Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Home Minister Amit Shah, or one is an expert at building crowds for rallies. Bidhuri is said to be the latter. “He has his ways and means to get you the crowd,” said another BJP source. “During election season, Bidhuri’s talent comes in handy for the party.”

And with Assembly elections in five states around the corner, to be followed by Lok Sabha elections next year, the BJP can ill-afford to bench Bidhuri.



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Lok Sabha Polls Will Be Dynastic Politics & Corruption Versus Development Fight: Nadda

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BJP national president JP Nadda. (PTI/File)

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the LS polls

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda has said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will be a battle between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Addressing party workers from Mumbai’s western suburbs during his visit to the metropolis on Wednesday, Nadda said under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, India is well on its way to become the third largest economy in the world from fifth now.

Attacking anti-BJP opposition parties, he alleged that they were either dynastic or steeped in corruption.

“You have to reach out to voters and seek their support for a fresh mandate (for BJP at the Centre). First-time voters in the last ten years have seen only development and not corruption like previous governments,” Nadda asserted, referring to the decade-long rule of the Modi administration that started in 2014.

He said the Lok Sabha elections, likely to be held in April-May, will be a fight between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Dynastic politics and corruption will lead to destruction, Nadda said and highlighted the BJP’s development agenda.

Earlier in the day, Nadda met BJP office-bearers from all the 36 assembly constituencies in Mumbai besides party MPs and MLAs from the metropolis.

In his address, Nadda asked BJP leaders from Mumbai to ensure the party ideology reaches the last person in society and urged them to give a befitting reply to opposition attacks on the saffron outfit and its government.

He advised BJP leaders to extensively use social media and seek support of prominent personalities on issues of public interest.

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the national polls.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP and its then-ally, the undivided Shiv Sena, won three seats each in Mumbai. In the Maharashtra assembly polls held in October that year, the BJP won 16 of the 36 seats in the city, while 14 were bagged by the Sena.

The state, where the BJP is in power in alliance with the Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and the Ajit Pawar-headed NCP, has a 288-member legislative assembly.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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BJP Says Rahul ‘Unhinged’: Will OBC Politics Work? | Lok Sabha Elections 2024 | Rahul Gandhi |News18

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BJP to Release Documentary on Alleged Atrocities Against Women in West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali

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Last Updated: February 21, 2024, 23:05 IST

The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am (Image: X/BJP)

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections

The BJP is set to release a documentary on Sandeshkhali on Thursday with the party intensifying its attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government over the alleged incidents of atrocities and sexual assault on women there.

The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am, the BJP said in post on X, asking Banerjee in Bangla, “Didi ke bolo aaro koto ‘Sandeshkhali’ (Tell didi how many more Sandeshkhali like incidents)”.

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

The riverine Sandeshkhali area — situated on the borders of the Sunderbans, about 100 kilometres from Kolkata — has been witnessing protests after the local women accused absconding Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sheikh Shahjahan and his supporters of land grab and sexual assault under coercion.

Interestingly, ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ is a campaign launched by the TMC after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to provide a platform for the people of West Bengal to directly raise their concerns or lodge complaints with Chief Minister Banerjee.

The TMC’s move was reportedly aimed at countering the BJP in the state.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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