Tuesday, January 3, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Rahul copies Nitish’s social engineering


Rahul copies Nitish's social engineering
Jan 03, 2012 - MANISH ANAND |

Age Correspondent

New Delhi

As part of the "social outreach" programme of the Youth Congress,
party general secretary Rahul Gandhi appears to have taken a leaf out
of the social engineering of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar to
reach out to sections within dalits who have apparently not benefited
during the regime of the incumbent Uttar Pradesh chief minister

Mr Kumar had carved out the Mahadalit segment which had apparently
given a body blow to the Lok Janshakti Party headed by Ram Vilas
Paswan in Bihar in the recent elections in the state.
"We are very much reaching out to a number of castes within the dalit
group to build our base. A number of social activists have been
working with us. We have statistics to tell the people that only a
particular caste in UP has got benefits, which include representation
in the state council of ministers and also in government
recruitments," said a senior Youth Congress functionary.
In a clear bid to dent the bastion of BSP supremo Mayawati, the
Congress is hopeful that it would make inroads in the 22 per cent
dalit vote base in UP in the February Assembly elections.
"The Youth Congress has been organising camps and reaching out to the
people to gather facts how the marginalised sections within the dalits
have been deprived of the benefits of the Centrally-sponsored flagship
schemes. Though we are not working on to build group like Mahadalit,
we are hopeful of the fact that a number of dalit castes would vote
for the Congress," added the functionary.


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