Dalit votes were not received… unable to answer on Agniveer, BJP may have formed the government but it is shaken from within!

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi : Even after forming the government at the center, BJP's challenges do not seem to be decreasing. In the first Lok Sabha elections, the party had to face the indifference of Dalit voters. Now BJP seems to be surrounded on the issue of Agniveer. Along with the opposition, the NDA's constituent parties are also adopting a different tone from the government on the issue of Agniveer. According to political analysts, it seems that even though BJP has returned to power at the center, the party seems to be shaken from within on these issues.

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Dalit voters did not support him

In the Lok Sabha elections, Dalit voters were seen drifting away from the BJP. Due to this, the BJP lost its majority in the Lok Sabha after a decade. However, with 240 seats, it is still the largest party in the lower house. The reason behind Dalit voters drifting away from the BJP was that the slogan of 400 plus in the India Block was presented as changing the Constitution and a 'threat to the Constitution'. Dalit-Bahujan voters also believed this statement of the Congress. This belief came in the form of BJP's defeat in Dalit-dominated seats. In the politically important state of UP, the BJP lost half the seats. The party stood second after the Samajwadi Party. Compared to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, this time the BJP lost 8 percent of the votes in the state. The BJP suffered the most loss in the votes of backward communities and Dalits. The BJP-led NDA lost 6 percent of the votes among the SCs. At the same time, the Congress-led India Block secured double-digit vote share among the SCs.

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The issue of Agniveer remained hot even after the formation of the government

In the Lok Sabha elections, Congress had prominently opposed the Agneepath scheme. Congress had also promised that it would end this scheme as soon as it came to power. Even after the formation of the government, Congress did not stop opposing this scheme. In the first session of the 18th Lok Sabha, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi became more vocal on this issue. The matter of concern for the BJP is that on the issue of Agniveer, the major allies of the NDA are also joining the opposition. Even before the formation of the government, JDU, an important ally of the BJP, had reviewed the 'Agneepath Yojana'. However, JDU had offered unconditional support to the NDA alliance. Senior Janata Dal (United) leader KC Tyagi said that his party wants that the flaws of this scheme should be discussed in detail. This has come after the statement of opposition party Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav in which he had said that this scheme should be ended with immediate effect.

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BJP on backfoot, fielded former Air Force chief

In Parliament, Rahul Gandhi had cornered the government on the issue of facilities being provided to the family of Agniveer after his martyrdom. After the clarification by the Defence Minister, the Army also responded. In such a situation, in view of the attack of the opposition, the BJP seems to be on the backfoot on this issue. The BJP, which is facing criticism from the opposition on this issue, has fielded Air Chief Marshal (Retired) Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria to calm the controversy. The retired Air Chief Marshal, who joined the BJP before the recent Lok Sabha elections, said that a compensation of Rs 98 lakh has already been given to the family of Agniveer. Bhadauria said that another Rs 67 lakh will be given as soon as the prescribed process including police verification is completed. He said that the Army should not be dragged into politics.

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The government is considering changes in the Agnipath scheme

Now the news is that the government is considering reviewing the Agneepath scheme. Now the news is that the army has recommended that the families of martyred Agniveers should be given help in the form of pension. Apart from this, it has also been recommended to make 50 percent or more Agniveers permanent. This recommendation has been sent by the army to the Department of Military Affairs. This recommendation has been made by the army on the basis of feedback received from all its units about the Agneepath scheme and Agniveers for about four months. Along with this, a complete survey has been conducted on this issue within the army.

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