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Who is this Ghulam Ali Khatana? Why is BJP sending this Gujjar leader from Jammu and Kashmir to Rajya Sabha?SEDI News

Puber pen, web desk. BJP is trying to increase its vote bank in Jammu and Kashmir politics. Ghulam Ali Khatana, a politician belonging to the Gujar community, has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha to unite the Gujar and Bakerwal communities. BJP has nominated the name of Jammu and Kashmir resident Ghulam Ali Khatana to the Rajya Sabha. Naturally, this upheaval in Jammu and Kashmir has surprised political circles.

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Ghulam Ali Khatana, 51, worked with the RSS-affiliated Muslim Rashtriya Manch and held several posts in the BJP. The politician, who has been associated with the BJP since his student days, has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the President of India. Khatana is the second Gujjar leader from Jammu and Kashmir to the Rajya Sabha to be nominated from the upper house of Parliament. Earlier, Chowdhury Mohammad Aslam, a senior Congress Gujar leader from Lasana village in Poonchi, was also a Rajya Sabha MP from June 2006 to November 2008.

Khatana is the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Tribal Front and Minority Front, party spokesperson for Jammu and Kashmir, and a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He started to engage in student politics when he was studying electrical engineering. In 2001, he joined the Jammu and Kashmir National Tigers team. Khatana joined RSS in 2008. Later he joined BJP and held various posts.

Gujar tribal rights leader Javed Rahi says the Gujar and Bakerwal communities of Jammu and Kashmir have been neglected in the political arena for decades. Khatana’s nomination will help fill that gap. In an interview with The Tribune, Javed Rahi said: “We expected steps for the betterment of Gujjar and Bakerwal communities. This decision is encouraging for tribal people. Jammu and Kashmir BJP President Ravinder Raina said Khatana’s name was nominated to the Rajya Sabha after several months of deliberations. Many other names were suggested, later the name of Ghulam Ali Khatana was approved by the upper house of parliament. Raina also said that when Ghulam Ali Khatana joined the party, no one imagined that the BJP would come to power at the national level or in Jammu and Kashmir.

Khatana is a person who stood by the team in difficult times. Worked as a dedicated party worker without personal gain. According to Raina, the Gujjar community has always been a fiercely patriotic and nationalistic community. Their sacrifice deserves respect and recognition The Gujjar tribe constitutes 15 percent of the total population of Jammu and Kashmir. According to political circles, Ghulam Ali Khatana has been nominated as a Rajya Sabha candidate considering the vote bank. These are the leaders of the Gujar community

Welcoming this move, BJP will benefit from it electorally. The BJP has a strong support base in around 30 constituencies in the predominantly Hindu Jammu region. But now BJP is looking for support from Gujjar and Bakerwal groups to get majority.

The Gujjar and Bakerwal communities in Jammu and Kashmir were designated as a Scheduled Tribe (ST) in 1991 by the then Congress-led central government. But in 2022, the Narendra Modi-led BJP government granted them political quota.

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