Purnesh Modi Appointed UT BJP Chief Amid Indian Caste Politics
Formerly a cabinet minister in Bhupendra Patel's government, Modi was dropped from critical portfolios like Road Transport, Civil Aviation, Tourism and Pilgrimage in December-2022. However, his recent appointment as the UT in-charge signals a strategic maneuver by the BJP, especially given Modi's affiliation with the OBC (Other Backward Classes) community.
Surat : The political landscape in India witnesses intriguing shifts as Purnesh Modi, the BJP MLA from Surat (West), rises to prominence once again. His recent appointment as the in-charge of the Union Territory encompassing Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman, and Diu marks a significant turn in his political trajectory. Known for his defamation case against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over a ‘Modi surname’ remark, Modi’s elevation comes amidst a tumultuous phase in regional politics.
Formerly a cabinet minister in Bhupendra Patel’s government, Modi was dropped from critical portfolios like Road Transport, Civil Aviation, Tourism and Pilgrimage in December-2022. However, his recent appointment as the UT in-charge signals a strategic maneuver by the BJP, especially given Modi’s affiliation with the OBC (Other Backward Classes) community.
The decision, announced by BJP National President JP Nadda, underscores the party’s intent to harness the potential of OBC votes on the national stage. This move is not only about Modi’s individual ascension but also about BJP’s emphasis on engaging diverse communities, particularly the OBC electorate, in its political maneuvers.
Amidst this political scenario, India is currently embroiled in discussions regarding the long-debated caste census. The significance of OBC votes for the ruling BJP government at the Centre has heightened these deliberations. The party’s attempt to consolidate support from the OBC community, evident through Modi’s appointment, aligns with its strategy to secure a broader voter base across various societal strata.
Sources within political circles suggest a deep-seated rivalry between Purnesh Modi and Gujarat BJP president CR Paatil. Their aversion to sharing the stage at public events in Surat hints at underlying political tensions.
Purnesh is a trustee of the Surat Modhvanik Samast Panch, a member of the Sarvajanik Education society, and president of the Samast Gujarat Modh Modi Samaj trust.
In terms of political allegiances, Modi is perceived to be aligned with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and former Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. This alignment could potentially shape future political dynamics within the BJP, particularly concerning regional leadership in Gujarat.
The strategic elevation of Purnesh Modi to oversee the Union Territory reflects the BJP’s calculated steps to navigate complex caste dynamics in Indian politics. As the discussions on a caste census gain traction, the BJP’s emphasis on OBC representation and Modi’s appointment are seen as pivotal moves in its larger political strategy.