Gadkari does a Rahul, has lunch in Dalit's house
Updated on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 09:55 IST
Indore: Seeking to challenge Rahul Gandhi's bid to attract Dalits, BJP
President Nitin Gadkari walked the extra mile to show his concern for
the community on the eve of the three-day party meet beginning here
Putting his best foot forward to attract Dalits, the first thing
Gadkari, 52, did after reaching here yesterday was to proceed to
nearby Mhow, the birthplace of B R Ambedkar and pay his respects by
garlanding the statue of the Dalit icon there.
Later, he went to the house of a local BJP corporator Preeti Karosiya
who hails from the Dalit Valmiki community for lunch.
Gadkari has time and again declared that the focus of the party would
be more on Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, minorities and other
His pet theme has been 'Antyodaya', serving the last man in the queue.
The new BJP president aims to increase the party's votebank by 10 per
cent by winning over these sections.
Infact, BJP has now been saying that its aim was to provide good
governance and development while working for the 'last man'.
Rahul Gandhi has been visiting Dalit households during his tours in
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