Mangaluru’s leading architect Dharmaraj, who recently came out in the open about his close association with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its political arm – the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in a candid chat with coastaldigest.com, says that he involved himself to in a campaign to create awareness and unity among people and defeat the “divisive politics” of the Congress.
CD: You have openly admitted that you have been a part of ‘Support Modi’ silent campaign. Could you elaborate on this?
Dharmaraj: It simply means that we are not openly campaigning or going door-to-door, but simply going to create awareness in the form of silent campaign. We are all apolitical group about 300 in number. Soon we will reach about 10,000 in strength and it will consist of people from every community, background whoever is interested to develop the country.
CD: Do you officially identify yourself as a BJP worker?
Dharmaraj: I have been sympathizer of BJP because it works for the development (of the country). I tell everyone not to vote looking at the local candidate, instead look at who is leading the nation and vote for the party of PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.
CD: Being a professional, you were politically silent all the while. Don’t you think your political rhetoric would harm your business?
Dharmaraj: I am still the CEO of Motisham group, one of the pioneers in real-estate in Mangaluru. They are apolitical and have no issues with my views. My profession and my views are poles apart. They don't have any connection. I believe it won’t it effect my business. People know me for the quality of work I deliver and the two cannot be intermixed.
CD: General elections are fast approaching. Are you ready for a political debut?
Dharmaraj: No. I am not a political aspirant. I don’t have even 0.1 percent interest in getting into politics. But as a collective group we will support the party which first gives priority to the Mangaluru city, then to the state and then to the nation.
CD: But, Prime Minister Narendera Modi is known for unfulfilled promises and U-turns!
Dharmaraj: Modiji has fulfilled all promises. The Opposition is only ranting that he has not deposited Rs 15 lakh in everyone’s account. Through measures like demonetization or closing shell companies, he has brought Rs 14 lakh crore back to the country. Give him time… We are confident that given another term in 2019, he will once again work in the best interest of the country. He is a PM with vision and we trust him.
CD: What are your reservations about the Congress party?
Dharmaraj: I have many friends in Congress party. I closely work with (the Congress-ruled) Mangaluru City Corporation. Dakshina Kannada district in-charge minister B Ramanath Rai is my friend… But it’s also a fact that despite having excellent IAS officer like Anjum Parvez, V Ponnuraj and Senthil Kumar their talents have been wasted. There has been no development in the city for the last five years. Instead, the party has been looting the state. During the elections, they say things like Muslims, Dalits, Christian and so on. Why are you playing minority-majority politics? Please talk about development. Ahead of polls Congress issues government order to withdraw cases against Muslims. They withdraw free meal facility from poor schools. It’s not the correct use of authority. I am against this. Besides, they have put a 'Pappu' for the president of the party… I don't mind being quoted on this.
CD: Are you against the reservation for Dalits and backward classes in India?
Dharmaraj: I am not against the reservation policy, as misquoted by some media. But it’s a fact that Congress has been playing vote bank politics by separating Dalits from the Hindus. Once separated, Congress will consolidate Muslim and Christian votes and walk to victory. Despite so much allocation of funds for the scheduled castes and tribes, they have barely received any fair share. The money is being looted by the Congress party. Otherwise even after over 71 years of independence why does their condition remain the same? Only few selective people who are already in the creamy layer of the society, continue to derive benefits, whereas scores of people from SC/ST communities continue to be marginalized. Why aren’t they being enshrined the benefits which is their constitutional right? Any party must indulge in inclusive politics instead of creating social divide. They use people like Jignesh Mevani against Hindus. That’s not right.
PM Modi has fulfilled all promises; Cong using Dalits against Hindus: Dharmaraj