BJP Chief Amit Shah will today address Dalits and OBCs in a an event in Kanpur as a part of the closing ceremony of the ‘Dhamma Chetna Yatra’. The Dhamma Chetna Yatra was taken out by the Buddhist monks and was inaugurated by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Three days ago, PM Narendra Modi also paid a visit to the poll-bound state as a part of Dussehra celebrations.
The Yatra that was flagged off by Rajnath in April from Varanasi will be concluding now and Shah will pitch to the Dalits and OBC community. The Dhamma Chetna Yatra was earlier expected to conclude at Lucknow in the presence of PM Modi but now the BJP Chief will be doing it in Kanpur. The Yatra is led by 87-year-old Viriyo, leader of the Akhil Bharatiya Bhikkhu Mahasangh.
However BJP refuses to call it a political agenda. Kanpur BJP president Surendra Maithani says the programme is aimed at reaching out to the Dalit community.
“The reason appeared to be that the PM had already visited Lucknow on the occasion of Dussehra on October 11. He is also scheduled to visit Mahoba on October 24 for a programme and again Lucknow on December 24,” Indian Express quoted a senior BJP official.
To attract maximum Dalits attendance, BJP party men have been approaching slum pockets, which are a whooping 543 in number, to make sure they attend Shah’s address on Friday. The party will also be providing commute to the people to the venue. Besides this, the focus is also on highlighting BJP’s schemes for Dalits even in the forms of pamphlets.
These pamphlets, which carry photographs of the Prime Minister with Bhimrao Ambedkar, also carry information about ‘Panchtirth’, five places the NDA government has said it will develop in honour of Ambedkar.
BJP is also trying to lure OBCs, which are believed to be a strong vote bank for Samajwadi Party is the upcoming UP Polls. Approximately 25,000 people are expected to attend the address by Amit Shah.