BJP woos Dalit voters,plans mass meal on Ambedkar jayanti

To keep pace with the ticking Assembly polls clock, Bharatiya Janata Party Delhi chief Vijay Goel on Wednesday announced that the party will celebrate the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar by arranging for a mass meal,in which party workers of all communities will eat together.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: April 11, 2013 12:39 am

To keep pace with the ticking Assembly polls clock, Bharatiya Janata Party Delhi chief Vijay Goel on Wednesday announced that the party will celebrate the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar by arranging for a mass meal,in which party workers of all communities will eat together.

Top party brass will attend the meal to give strength to Delhi BJP president’s movement.

Goel said Rajnath Singh,Sushma Swaraj,Varun Gandhi,Anant Kumar,Ravi Shankar Prasad,Nitin Gadkari and Shyam Jaju are expected to join other senior BJP leaders in the meal.

Criticising Congress for not doing anything for the Dalit community,Goel said the literacy and graduation rate of Dalits is very low compared to that of general category. Goel alleged that Congress did not provide adequate medical facilities for Dalits living in the capital.

Goel announced that he will visit Dalit colonies on foot to know the problems faced by them and to generate awareness about BJP’s schemes for them,if it comes to power. To achieve this BJP has also constituted a core committee with councillors who belong to the Dalit community.

“We will organise medical camps for the Dalits and also become facilitators between government hospitals and Dalits. We will assure that any Dalit who approaches us will not face any problem in getting treatment in government hospitals,” Goel said.

The BJP-led municipal corporations did not provide notebooks to their students this academic session,but Goel went on to promise better education for Dalit students.

“We will provide books to Dalit students from Class I to IAS-level. We will make groups of 10 students and pay the tuition fee of these students. Party will also tell every worker to employ at least one Dalit. We will ensure that Dalit auto drivers,who have not been issued badges,will be given badges so that they can have their own autos,” claimed Goel.

Goel alleged that Congress-led Delhi government failed to provide employment to Dalits. “From 2003 to 2012,of the 10 lakh applicants only 12,000 people got jobs and of these 8,000 got jobs during Commonwealth Games as drivers and conductors. We will ensure that people from the Dalit community will get jobs,” he said.

It is Goel’s third such movement to woo communities that are traditionally not BJP voters.

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