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BJP and Congress go all out to woo Dalits

The Left called this love for Dalits an eyewash and motivated by vote bank politics.

Written by Rajeev Jain | Jaipur |
April 15, 2016 1:39:21 am
BJP, Congress, BJP congress clash, Unnotified troop movements, UPA government, the indian express The Congress attacked the BJP by inviting its vice-president Rahul Gandhi in a Dalit convention at Jaipur.

On the birth anniversary of Dr. B R Ambedkar, the BJP and the Congress were seen competing in Rajasthan with each other to woo the Dalits.

On the eve of Ambedkar Jayanti, on Wednesday, the Congress attacked the BJP by inviting its vice-president Rahul Gandhi in a Dalit convention at Jaipur. Responding to this, the BJP organised a series of events and tried to outwit the Congress. The Left called this love for Dalits an eyewash and motivated by vote bank politics.

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The ruling BJP has started manipulations to win support of above 15 per cent Dalit population in the state. In view of prevailing caste equations, the Congress claims itself to be the sole protector of the Dalits. However, it failed to win even a single seat reserved for Scheduled Castes in the state during the last Assembly elections. The party has now started afresh to broaden its base amongst them. State Congress president Sachin Pilot said the BJP government failed to offer a single programme for welfare of Dalits in Rajasthan. “The SCs and the STs are disappointed with the policies adopted by the present BJP-led government. Number of incidents of atrocities on Dalits has witnessed an upsurge. The case of rape and murder of a Dalit girl in Barmer district is a challenge to the entire society.”

Two-time Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said that the BJP is using Ambedkar for political motives.

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On the other hand BJP state president Ashok Parnami lambasted the Congress and said, “The Congress remained in power in the state and the Centre most of the time since independence, but Dalits never got the benefits of development.”

Parnami added that witnessing no scope for progress and honour, the Dalits deserted the Congress party. “The Congress is not able to accept the fact that the Dalits are now supporting the BJP.” On Thursday, the BJP distributed free books and other literature to Dalit students.

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