Amit Shah to attend Buddhist event in Kanpur, sharpening BJP’s Uttar Pradesh poll strategy

Amit Shah will attend the closing ceremony of the six-month long Dhamma Chetna Yatra at Palika Stadium and felicitate 110 monks at the event.

By: PTI | Kanpur | Updated: October 13, 2016 4:16 pm
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BJP chief Amit Shah will attend a Buddhist event here on Friday which will witness large presence of Dalits who have converted to Buddhism, seen as yet another attempt by the party to reach out to the community in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

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Shah will attend the closing ceremony of the six-month long Dhamma Chetna Yatra at Palika Stadium and felicitate 110 monks at the event.

Kanpur BJP president Surendra Maithani said the Yatra, which was held in Uttar Pradesh, will reach Kanpur on Friday. 30,000 people are expected to participate in the event.

“The programme aims at reaching out to the Dalit community and understanding the problems faced by them,” he added.

Maithani said the Yatra is not related to the upcoming elections in the state.

“Shah is expected to arrive at Palika Stadium around 11 AM where he will address the crowd,” he said.

A big stage has been set up in the stadium for the event which will also be attended by state BJP leaders, he said.