Dhariawad Awaits Development, As Tribal Youth Seek TSP Quota | Jaipur News


Dhariawad: Even a foreigner can say that Dhariawad has not changed at all over the past decade. Its roads are still rutted, its houses and markets bear no mark of modernization, and the people dressed in rural clothes quietly crawl around, seeing no exciting future.
“I came here after almost 12 years, but there doesn’t seem to be any change in this city,” says Rajesh Kumar, a Gujarat-based marketer, as he sips tea near a hand drawn cart at the old Dhariawad bus stop. Thavarchand Damor, who works at a nearby wholesale onion store, agrees. “Different party governments were formed and fell, but Dhariawad saw no development. We still lack teachers at the college, doctors at the health center and even a Nagar Palika to take care of the sanitation of the city, ”he says, while laughing at the promises made by politicians.
Part of the problem could be bureaucratic apathy. Created in 2008, Dhariawad is probably the only assembly district in Rajasthan spread over two districts, Pratapgarh and Udaipur, therefore governed by two collectors and two police commissioners. Locals point out the lack of administrative coordination and politicians say it is difficult to deal with “too many” bureaucrats.
The constituency reserved for candidates from scheduled tribes is once again witnessing elections as the disappearance of incumbent lawmaker Gautam Lal Meena due to covid last year necessitated the bypoll, which is scheduled for October 30. Seven candidates are in the running, but the fight is mainly between ex – MLA Nagraj Meena of the Congress, Khet Singh Meena of the BJP, Ganesh Lal Meena of the Bhartiya Tribal Party (BTP) and Thawarchand Damor, a rebel of the BTP.
The BTP, a relevant new party, has made it difficult for Congress and the BJP in drawing rural youth to the issue of tribal reserves, as unemployment remains the main electoral issue here. The district crisscrossed by rugged terrain and forests has 80-82% tribal population, but the non-tribals, who are barely 20%, have a 50% quota in government jobs. “Since 2013, we have been fighting for a 100% tribal quota in the areas of the tribal subplane, as provided for in Annex V of the Constitution, but successive congressional and BJP governments have ignored us,” said the deputy of the BTP Rajkumar Roat.
The businesses are controlled by non-tribal residents of the constituency. Hundreds of tribal men and women regularly gather outside the Dhariawad Cooperative Society building to be hired as day laborers on agricultural farms. During the non-agricultural seasons, they work as construction workers or migrate to neighboring Gujarat in search of a livelihood. Perhaps this is why Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a favorite despite rising inflation in the remote region.
Construction can affect rural youth, but Congress and BJP have deep roots in Dhariawad, which includes three panchayat samiti areas: Dhariawad, Lasadia and Jhallara. The BJP has a strong presence in Lasadia, which was home to the late MP Gautam Lal Meena, while Congress has the upper hand in Lasadia. Dhariawad, which has the largest number of voters in the constituency, has become unpredictable as it is home to candidates from Congress, BJP and BTP. Tribal votes appear divided over BTP and its rebel, highlighting non-tribal voters for whom BJP recruited Deputy Opposition Leader Rajendra Rathore and Congress is relying on former seed company chairman Dharmendra Rathore to take down the tribal seat.


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