FOUR DAYS after the Bharat Bandh by Dalit groups over the alleged dilution of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act amid increasing unrest within the community, PM Modi asked his party’s MPs to spend at least two nights in Dalit-dominated villages and “restore” the faith of the community in the BJP.
The Prime Minister’s call on the party’s 38th foundation day came even as BJP president Amit Shah reiterated at a rally in Mumbai that the party would not let the reservation policy be scrapped. “The Prime Minister asked all party MPs to spend two nights in villages between April 14 (the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar) and May 5. He told them to pick at least one village with over 50 per cent population of SCs,” said a BJP MP who attended the meeting.
According to sources, the Prime Minister pointed out that there are “more than 20,000 such villages in the country”. The PM urged them to “remind people that the BJP was the party that took measures to honour Ambedkar and for the welfare of Dalits while other parties limited their love for Dalits to speeches”. He urged them to “celebrate Ambedkar Jayanti (April 14) in a big way” in their respective constituencies, said sources.
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