UP polls: Congress to launch Dalit outreach programme

The programme will concentrate on 3000 villages across 84 reserved Assembly constituencies.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published:November 24, 2016 3:19 am

The Congress will launch a Dalit outreach programme on December 4 that will include a door-to-door visit to each household, ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections in the state in 2017.

The programme will concentrate on 3000 villages across 84 reserved Assembly constituencies. It has formed 100 teams which will visit each Dalit household in these constituencies in 50 days’ time.

Teams will be trained in how to answer some of the more controversial questions regarding the party’s relationship with Dalits.

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Sidhi Shri, convenor of SC-ST department of Congress in Uttar Pradesh informed, “The training camps would be named Dalit shivir and the idea is to remove the misconceptions in the mind of dalits regarding Congress and its policies.”

According to party leader, some of the sessions will deal with the association of the Congress with B R Ambedkar, whe he was not given a Bharat Ratna, works undertaken for the community during the UPA regime and the “insecurity that the people face in the present times”.

“The idea is to start this campaign at the grass-root level by December 6, which is also the death anniversary of Ambedkar,” said the party leader.

On December 4, around 100 modified vehicles converted into rath will attempt to reach out to every household int the said consitituencies.

“Once these mini raths are flagged-off from Lucknow on December 4, they should reach the constituencies by December 6,” said a senior party leader.