‘Even after 3 OBC CMs, we are still beggars’

Sakal Times
Monday, 5 February 2018

Pune: Mahadev Jankar, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Development, gave a fiery speech in which he asked the Other Backward Castes (OBC) to introspect as to why even after having three chief ministers the OBC still remained ‘beggars’ for perks and help. He was speaking at the OBC Nyay, Hakka Ani Janaganana Parishad (OBC Justice, Rights and Census Conference) organised in Pune on Sunday.

Pune: Mahadev Jankar, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Development, gave a fiery speech in which he asked the Other Backward Castes (OBC) to introspect as to why even after having three chief ministers the OBC still remained ‘beggars’ for perks and help. He was speaking at the OBC Nyay, Hakka Ani Janaganana Parishad (OBC Justice, Rights and Census Conference) organised in Pune on Sunday.

Many OBC leaders from various political parties were present for the conference. Jankar was at the centre of the ire of the community. A volunteer while announcing his arrival, said the BJP government has not given the OBC’s justice and security. Jankar, who said that he was in a hurry as he had another programme to attend, took digs at the volunteer and said, “We have been in power for only 3 years. Those who used the names of Phule-Shahu-Ambedkar, what did they do for you? Now that we have someone from us in the ministry, you just want to pull him down.”

Jankar said OBCs suffered because they followed the wrong people. “We had a person like Mahatma Phule, who was one of the largest builders in the country. Now we don’t even have any people in industry or media. Why did this happen? Because we followed the leadership of the wrong people,” Jankar said. 

Jankar asked the community to introspect as to why they were always in the mindset of ‘beggars’. He said, “We are always acting like beggars. OBC leadership is divided into smaller castes. The leadership should come together for the community. OBCs should try to become editors, lawmakers and industrialists. But today even if I try to allocate funds there is no one to receive them. OBCs should think about this rather than begging for help.”

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