In a controversial remark, Rajasthan Minister and Congress leader Mamata Bhupesh said that her first priority are the people from her own caste, and after that comes the larger society. Bhupesh holds the portfolio of women and child ministry.
“Pratham karya hamara hamari jaati ke liye, uske baad hamare samaj ke liye, uske baad sarv samaj ke liye, sab ke liye. Hamari mansha yeh rahegi ki hum sabke liye kaam kar paayein. (My first priority will be my caste, then society and then comes the rest. My intention is to work for everyone),” Ms Bhupesh said on Monday, while addressing a public event in Alwar district’s Reni town.
This isn’t the first time when Congress party leaders have made casteist comments in Rajasthan. Late last year during the assembly election, senior Congress leader CP Joshi had said that only people from the Brahmin caste understand Hinduism and have right to speak about it. He then further made comments about caste of senior leaders of the RSS and BJP, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uma Bharati and Sadhvi Ritambara.
The Congress formed governments in three Hindi belt states late last year, ousting BJP administration. Rajasthan was one of them.
In Rajasthan, where the Assembly polls were held in 199 seats out of 200, the Congress bagged 99 seats, and the BJP 73. BSP got 6, CPM 2, Bharatiya Tribal Party 2, Rashtriya Lok Dal 1, Rashtriya Loktantrik Party 3, and Independents 13.