Party working to secure Kushwaha-Maurya caste group.
“There is sadness in the party after Kashyap’s arrest as he has been in-charge of Punjab’s political affairs and was quite active in the area,” said a party leader.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had Tuesday launched the scheme.
With an apparent motive to lure Dalit votes in the Assembly elections next year, the BJP and Congress leaders have been invoking Ambedkar as an icon, while attacking Mayawati.
Dalits and NRIs are a sizeable populace in Punjab, one that every political party wants to tap.
Tells IAS officers to finish development projects so SP could return to power.
Swarn Kaur, however, quickly clarifies: “The problem lies with Mayawati, not the BSP”.
“The Allahabad University administration and the SP government have learnt nothing from the Rohith Vemula case. Else the incident of Richa’s harassment would not have taken place,” Mayawati said in a statement.
With polls in 2017 and Dalits being a force to reckon with in Punjab — their population stands at 32 per cent — the birth anniversary celebrations of Kanshi Ram, the founder of BSP and a Dalit icon, are in focus.
She demanded that the community gets reservation “immediately”, while urging agitators to campaign peacefully and in a planned manner so that they get more support for their demand.
Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya (BSP) raised the issue and alleged that the state government has failed to control law and order due to which there was an atmosphere of fear in society.
With the BSP not in picture as it does not contest bypolls, it is an opportunity for the BJP to poach its Dalit vote.
Former MP and mafia don Atique Ahmed and his brother Mohammad Ashraf, whom both Pooja and her husband had defeated in the elections, are the main accused in the murder and currently out on bail, along with 15 other accused.
The Religious Affairs Department has directed district magistrates to send details of the temple most revered and visited in every district. Fairs held around religious places too will get government attention.
Party leaders have been asked to put up TV screens in each district for live telecast of the event by news channels. BSP leaders have been asked to ensure gathering of 20,000- 25,000 in each district headquarter.