Dirty Vote bank politics Continues: In an attempt to reclaim lost ground among Dalits ahead of crucial Bihar and UP polls, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday asked partymen to undertake year-round vigorous programmes to mark the 125th birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar.
At a meeting of top leaders of the party, including Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the party chief wanted year-round vigorous programmes to be undertaken to take the message of Ambedkar far and wide.
Former Home Minister Sushil kumar Shinde, Leader of the party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and several party General Secretaries including Digvijay Singh were present at the meeting.The meeting took place two days ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s scheduled launch of year-long celebrations at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh, the birth place of Dr Ambedkar. Congress has lost much ground among Dalits, especially in the North, in the past three decades with the emergence of BSP.Both Congress and BJP are planning to observe Dr Ambedkar’s birth anniversary in a big way this year to reach out to the Dalit community.The last Lok Sabha polls saw caste barriers breaking in key north Indian states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, where a sizeable sections of Dalits voted for BJP.
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