New Delhi (UP):12/3:(odiannews):Hours before the model code of conduct came into effect, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government made a last-minute move to placate its disgruntled allies, appointing 15 of their cadres to various bodies and corporations in Uttar Pradesh.
In all, 72 people, including 15 of the allies, were appointed to various bodies and corporations.
The BJP’s two UP allies are: Apna Dal, which comprises kurmis, an OBC sub-caste of big political importance, and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), which has support of Rajbhars, another OBC sub-caste whose voters are spread evenly in several east UP constituencies.
“BJP has made an honest attempt by taking a step towards us. We will take two, and of course, contest the 2019 LS polls together,” said SBSP chief Om Prakash Rajbhar, who hoped that there would be an amicable seat sharing arrangement.
“We are satisfied with the BJP’s gesture,” said Arvind Sharma of Apna Dal, adding that the appointments to backward classes commission were important for it would help them raise issues related to backwards more effectively.
Both the parties had openly been critical of BJP and the appointment of several of their cadre to plum positions in corporations and other government bodies is being viewed as a BJP gesture to placate them.