Thursday, January 13, 2011

[ZESTCaste] BJP will stress on dalit agenda in UP

BJP will stress on dalit agenda in UP
January 13th, 2011
Amita Verma

The Bhartiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh will now hit the Mayawati
government where it hurts the most, at her dalit vote base.
The BJP, according to sources, is all set to recall its dalit agenda
and work at expanding its base among dalits.
The party will focus on the reserved constituencies in the state.

o begin with, the party high command has asked its state leaders to
celebrate the birth anniversaries of dalit icons with fanfare and
increase their interaction with dalits at all levels.
"Whether it is Valmiki Jayanti or Kabir Jayanti or Ravidas Jayanti or
Ambedkar Jayanti, the party will hold functions to commemorate the
events and these will be held at the state as well as district level.
The idea is to dispel the myth that the BJP is a party for upper caste
Hindus. This is a party for all those who believe in Hindutva and
dalits are members of the Hindu family. This point we want to drive
home," said a senior BJP leader.
The party is also planning to organise a series of "samrasta bhoj"
(community feast) in villages in 2011 to increase the level of harmony
between party cadres and dalits.
The BJP has organised similar feasts on earlier occasions. This time,
the feasts are likely to begin from February and will continue through
the year.
"Senior leaders of the party will attend these feasts where they will
also get a chance to hold discussions with dalits in the rural
interiors and understand their problems, at the social, political and
economic levels," the party leader said.
Besides, the BJP is also preparing to claim credit for restoring dalit
pilgrim sites across the country.
"Ms Mayawati has built some memorials for dalit icons and is shouting
about her work from rooftops. The BJP, on the other hand, has quietly
restored the dalit pilgrim sites in various places in the country but
no one is talking about it. Now we will also publicise our work in a
big way. Dr Ambedkar's birthplace in Mhow in Madhya Pradesh, the place
in Nagpur where he embraced Buddhism, his residence on Alipur road in
Delhi and Chowpatty in Mumbai where he was cremated — all four places
were restored by the BJP when it was in power in these states," he
leader added.
Apart from this, the BJP is asking its party cadres to compile full
information about atrocities on dalits at district levels.
This information will be later published in the form of a booklet that
will be used to expose the pro-dalit claims of the Mayawati


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