Maharaj’s Munificence

June 26 2017

This is politics. The front-runner for the BJP’s presidential candidate, Sushma Swaraj has suddenly been engulfed by the quicksand at 7 Race Course Road. And Modi has piped up a so-far insignificant name, Ramnath Kovind, as the dark horse in the race. By the time Kovind filed his nomination, with support from 28 parties, it was more or less clear who would replace Pranab Dada at Raisina Hills. But is it that Kovind has been propped up simply because of his Dalit background? Or is there a plan to quell the raging Dalit agitation in Modi’s Gujarat through this move? And is it an advance poll management plan of the Modi-Shah duo to bring the now enraged Dalits in its fold for the 2019 General Elections? The scuttlebutt is that the Indore-based spiritual guru Bhaiyyuji Maharaj has had a huge role to play in Kovind coming from nowhere to win the race. Pertinently, Maharaj has a very strong nexus with Nagpur. He is also close to Modi and the latter has given Maharaj the responsibility of setting up the Sant Nagari (Saints City) in Sabarkantha, Gujarat. Sources coo that even as he was the governor of Bihar, this April Kovind had met Maharaj at his Indore residence for a long and private tete-a-tete, and it is only after Maharaj egged Modi, that Kovind suddenly emerged beaming, holding hands with Modi and other relegated BJP stalwarts like LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.

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