India: BJP eyes Dalit outreach through Ambedkar birth anniversary events

BJP has also decided to organise massive rallies across the country on Ambedkar's birthday with his photographs. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Delhi, India Mar 16, 2017, 09.34 AM (IST) Kartikeya Sharma

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the BJP Parliamentary Party meet directed all the MPs, ministers and workers to spend 72 hours in an area assigned to them by the party. BJP leaders and workers would connect with all the educational institutions around that area as part of the drive thereby connecting the party with 'new' India. Sources in the BJP said that this drive will be completed before the government formation day -- May 26.

Sources also said that BJP all members including ministers have been advised by the Prime Minister to give suggestions to improve the functioning of the party and government before May 26.

Modi in his speech also made it clear that that next month would be dedicated to Dr BR Ambedkar. Prime Minister in his speech said that between 6th and 14th of April, BJP would organise social functions in memory of BR Ambedkar. April 6 is the party foundation day of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and April 14 is the birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar. In order to connect with the social constituency, every BJP MP would participate in sanitation drive and it would be organised around a polling station connecting the social constituency with the electoral grid.

It is not without significance that after Vemulla controversy, BJP has been extremely careful when it comes to any policy response either on the Dalit issue or the legacy of Bhim Rao Ambedkar.

Modi also urged that party workers should campaign to popularise Diji Dhan and Bhim app which PM described as a new currency. He said that the use of Bhim app would save small enterprises from money lenders and would act as a catalyst for social transformation at the lowest level.

BJP has also decided to organise massive rallies across the country on Ambedkar's birthday with his photographs. Sources said that every part of the organisation would be exercised to make these rallies successful.
Sources said that Prime Minister said in the meeting that the perception about the government in the country is changing. PM said, " Earlier the people felt that the government is doing something but now they say that it is a performing government."

BJP President Amit Shah also addressed the BJP Parliamentary party. He said that the recent elections have released the democracy from the shackles of appeasement, nepotism and casteism. He said that the result of 2017 should not make BJP complacent and they should start preparing for 2019.

BJP also passed a resolution thanking people for giving them a good mandate. The resolution also took a dig at the Opposition as the resolution stated that Opposition should understand the real message of the verdict and will be constructive in the approach. The Parliamentary party resolution also thanked Narendra Modi and Amit Shah for the leadership.

The resolution also stated that though numbers are required to form a government but it is actually run through consensus and BJP is committed to that principle. PM was also thanked for initiatives like surgical strike and demonetisation.