Sambhaji Raje, a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji and Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj, was nominated to the Rajya Sabha Saturday. Sources mentioned the BJP’s transfer to appoint the descendant of the royal household was geared toward beating political undercurrents in Maharashtra, the place the clamour for Maratha reservations is once more gaining floor.
Raje, a social activist, is likely one of the faces of the reservation marketing campaign. The transfer can be being seen as BJP’s try to prop up a reputable Maratha face.
Whereas politicians from the Maratha neighborhood have historically donned the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s chair, the BJP had chosen Devendra Fadnavis, a Brahmin, because the get together’s first CM in Maharashtra. Opposition events have been leveraging the federal government’s delay on the reservation situation to undertaking that the BJP is “Brahmin centric”.
Final month, the BJP had nominated Dr Vikas Mahatme, a social activist who hails from the Dhangar (shepherd) neighborhood, to the Rajya Sabha. Amar Sable, a backward class neighborhood consultant, was nominated earlier.
Raje’s nomination can be seen as BJP’s try to make its presence felt within the Maratha-dominated western Maharashtra, the fortress of the Sharad Pawar-led NCP.
Beforehand, the BJP was understood to have reached out to Chhatrapati Udayanraje Bhosale, who can be from Chhatrapati Shivaji’s household and represents the Satara parliamentary constituency for the NCP, to change sides.