Political analyst Sanjay Baru, in an interview with CNBC-TV18, said that political parties revolve around caste. He was speaking at the launch of Surjit Bhalla’s book titled 'Citizen Raj'.
“On caste, it is not that people vote their caste. That is not the argument. The argument is that political parties revolve around caste. Mulayam Singh Yadav has constructed a party around the Yadav community. Chandrababu Naidu and before him NT Rama Rao constructed a party around the Kamma community. Jaganmohan Reddy has constructed a party around the Reddy community. So in different parts of India, political parties have been constituted around family and caste,” he said.
“Arun Jaitley talked about family and there are so many dynasties in Indian politics but each of these dynasties has used the family network and the caste network to build a party and therefore the whole mobilization of funding, campaign, everything involves caste loyalties. At the end of the day, of course, they are reaching out to voters beyond the caste so the argument is not that Yadav’s vote for Yadav’s but Yadav’s go, campaign for Mulayam. Just as Hindu’s go, campaign for BJP, Muslims go, campaign for Owaisi. These are the facts of life,” he added.
Speaking about his forecast on BJP winning 62 seats in UP, Bhalla said, "The thesis is very simple. I have spent a lot of time and the book got delayed precisely because of the analysis of Mahagathbandhan and therefore the analysis of Uttar Pradesh (UP). It is based on the following principle that if this is a Presidential election, then whether it is UP or Bihar or any other state, that is the leadership, that is Narendra Modi, and I think facts are bearing me out, we will know on May 23 whether I have hit the jackpot or not."