Thursday, May 26, 2011

[ZESTCaste] NCP congress compete for dalit votes

NCP congress compete for dalit votes
Prakash Joshi, TNN | May 26, 2011, 06.00am IST

MUMBAI: With the Shiv Sena-BJP succeeding in roping the Ramdas
Athawale-led RPI (A), the Congress and the NCP have started serious
efforts to strengthen their support base among Dalit voters in

The NCP has already announced its plans to hold a massive rally of
Dalits in Mumbai on June 10, its foundation day; deputy chief minister
Ajit Pawar has announced that the party will prepare a charter of
demands for them and other backward castes in the state.

According to NCP sources, the party will use the rally to launch a
"mass campaign" for the 2012 Mumbai civic election elections.

According to NCP sources, the party will mobilize massive crowd for
the rally which will be used to launch NCP's mass campaign for coming
BMC elections scheduled in year 2012.

The Congress is also not lagging behind the NCP as the state will
witness several elections for the local self governments in the state
along with the prestigious BMC elections.

MPCC president Manikrao Thakare has set up a committee to woo Dalit
votes in the state. The committee is being headed by former finance
commission member and Rajya Sabha MP Dr Bhalchandra Mungekar.

The committee will prepare a document on the present conditions of the
downtrodden and the schemes that should be devised for their

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan released a book written by Dr
Mungekar on development programmes and human face of new economic
policies. Chavan is hopeful that with Dr Mungekar on their side, the
Congress will get the support of Dalits in the state.

NCP city president Narendra Varma said, "Dalit votes are essential in
the forthcoming BMC elections.

The party has taken steps to ensure empowerment of Dalit voters in the state."

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